Monday, March 10, 2008

Supreme Court Second Amendment Case Commentary

The Second Amendment case scheduled for argument in the U.S. Supreme Court next Tuesday, March 18, DC v. Heller, is one of the most highly-anticipated Supreme Court cases in a good long while.

Simply, the U.S. Supreme Court has never addressed the question of whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms (it has not addressed a Second Amendment issue at all since 1939, and that case did not answer the individual right question).

In the coming weeks, from around the oral argument until the Court releases its decision a couple months later, I'll provide commentary on various aspects of the Second Amendment issue, such as more explanation why this case is such a big deal in constitutional terms; what the case will mean to people in their day-to-day lives - i.e., whether the government can prevent normal people from owning guns, or whether people will have a right that can't be taken away by the government; and what are the specific constitutional arguments being made in the case.