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Patrick Wiesner on Gun Control

 

 


Gun rights are limited: no concealed carry on college campus

The Supreme Court's 2006 decision in DC v. Heller provides good policy guidance on gun ownership rights and public safety. Justice Scalia wrote this opinion with great care. First, the Court affirmed the right of individuals to possess firearms for traditional lawful purposes such as self-defense within the home and for hunting.

Second, the opinion also held that Second Amendment rights are not unlimited. Justice Scalia went out of his way to declare longstanding laws that prohibit possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill; that forbid guns in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings; that impose conditions on commercial sale of arms; and that restrict the right to carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose, are still valid and enforceable.

The latter holding provides a US Constitutional basis for the Kansas legislature to repeal the unfortunate law permitting the concealed carry of handguns on college campuses.

Source: 2016 Kansas Senate campaign website, WiesnerForSenate.com , Aug 8, 2016

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