Thursday, August 16, 2012
PF 2012 AWB Evidence
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This article provides some links to evidence for the PF September 2012 resolution calling for a renewal of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. The links should be reachable by any one with an internet connection and not require any subscription service or payment. It is not easy to find quality evidence that does not have the appearance of bias and perhaps the links on this page prove that point. Perhaps later I will find some papers on the subscription services when I find some spare time.
The Impact of the Federal AWB
A scholarly treatment of issue favoring the Pro
A Supreme Court decision which works both ways but Scalia's opinion provides some "ammo" for Pro.
Text of District of Columbia v Heller striking down a ban on handguns in Washington D.C. Justices Scalia's statement very clearly establishes the 2nd amendment right to bear arms and further adds: "the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding"
But, Scalia does acknowledge significant limitations:
"Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court's opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller's holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those "in common use at the time" finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons."
They won't be banned because they make cent$
Assault weapon ban does not meet the "rational basis test"
Tartaro of the Second Amendment Foundation shoots the Pro full of holes
Wohlferd is not sorry to see the AWB ride-off into the sunset
The NRA fires a volley at Congress
Brovard's oft cited op-ed in two parts
John Lott snipes at Pro bias
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