Individual Right to Bear Arms Wins Favor in Court Argument

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Jul 20, 2006
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[A]s the Court yesterday considered the landmark Second Amendment case D.C. v. Heller, Justice Kennedy was quick to lay bare his view on the scope of the right to bear arms contained in the amendment. The first part, he said, was meant to reaffirm "the existence and the importance" of the treatment of state militias contained in the Constitution itself. The second part, he asserted, means that "in addition" there is a right to bear arms, which he later declared was a "general right."

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