Less than 10 days ago the Brady Campaign was saying:
Militant gun advocates and firearms industry lobbies will be surprised to learn that there are indeed limits on the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and that there is no fundamental right to carry handguns in public.
Today the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said:
The Supreme Court has decided that the amendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as inside. The theoretical and empirical evidence (which overall is inconclusive) is consistent with concluding that a right to carry firearms in public may promote self-defense. Illinois had to provide us with more than merely a rational basis for believing that its uniquely sweeping ban is justified by an increase in public safety. It has failed to meet this burden. The Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment therefore compels us to reverse the decisions in the two cases before us…
This is huge! Carry of firearms outside the home has been declared to be a specific enumerated right by a Federal Court. Laws in Washington D.C., California, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, and other jurisdictions are now target rich environments for lawsuits to strike down restrictions on a fundamental right.
The Brady Campaign is on the wrong side of history. Again.
Update: As pointed out by David Hardy this is a circuit split and it will almost for certain go to the Supreme Court for resolution.
A small correction…the Brady Campaign was NEVER on the right side of history. Can we bitch-slap them now?
I wish. But no. We are better than that.
How about we ignore them then? Isn’t it about time for that? I mean, if we in the pro liberty camp weren’t looking at them and talking about them, practically no one would. What better place for them than the cold vacuum of total disregard?