Quote of the day–Don Kornreich

I believe the Supreme Court’s review should not be limited to the construction of the Second Amendment. The court also should consider whether its enunciated constitutional right of privacy extends to an individual’s right to possess a handgun in his home.


The Supreme Court has held that the zone of privacy applies only to “fundamental” personal rights. Also, the privacy of one’s home has been particularly important to the court: thus, in Payton v. New York the court described the zone of privacy as unambiguously applying to an individual’s home.

Therefore, the Supreme Court should consider not only whether an individual’s right to possess a handgun in his home is expressly protected by the Second Amendment; but, in addition, whether the possession of a handgun within one’s home is a fundamental right protected under the court’s recognition of a zone of privacy.

Don Kornreich
The Second Amendment, gun control and the right of privacy
Originally published January 27, 2008
[Excellent point.–Joe]


One thought on “Quote of the day–Don Kornreich

  1. Yup, it’s an excellent point. I hear tell about an old NRA poster with a picture of bedroom. The drawer of the nightstand is open, revealing a pistol. The caption reads something like, “If the government doesn’t have any business in your bedroom, what’s it doing in your nightstand?” or something to that effect. (To which I think, “Yes, Both!”)

    Unfortunately, given the love-of-state-power slate of the current Court, I doubt that line of argument would elicit anything good for the cause of privacy rights (or frankly, for self-defense rights).

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