AG Van Hollen applauds SCOTUS gun ruling
"Today the Court maintained what Americans already know; our right to keep and bear arms is absolute. As the founders understood, the individual's right to self protection is endowed by the creator, not by the government," Blackburn said.
"I regret that the ruling on so obvious an issue was a narrow one. This 5-4 ruling highlights how important the confirmation hearings underway in the Senate are. Elena Kagan will do the nation a disservice if she is less than explicit in her views of 2nd Amendment rights. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to examine her position on this issue closely."
The high court ruled earlier this morning that firearms are "essential for self-defense." This latest ruling was handed down following "handgun bans" that were overturned in Washington DC by the "Heller" ruling in 2008.
"Today the Court maintained what Americans already know; our right to keep and bear arms is absolute." - Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R, TN)
The court found that if the Second Amendment indeed
protects an individual right to own a gun, the notion that
the government can't ban all handguns is the minimum
protection the Constitution can offer.