Gun Law Reform is Constitutional

One of the common talking points from the NRA a/k/a the gun lobby is that somehow the Second Amendment is absolute and that no gun law reform measure could possibly be constitutional. That is simply an erroneous statement since no constitutional rights are unlimited. For example, you can’t yell “fire” in a crowded theater.

In the 2008 Heller decision, Justice Scalia held that “the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons” can be prohibited by the legislative branch. At least two Federal Circuit courts have ruled that an assault weapons ban is constitutional. The Supreme Court has declined to overturn one of those decisions.

What this means is that other gun law reform legislation – such as an improved background check system, raising the age of purchase to 21 and limitations on multiple gun purchases by individuals – are constitutional.

What this means is that elections have consequences. I support many common sense gun law reforms. That’s why I’m running for Congress. If you want different results out of Washington, you have to vote for different people.

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