August 2000

An Individual right?

One of the most important firearms-ownership court cases in 60 years is currently before a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The panel will decide whether to uphold a lower court ruling that said gun ownership is an individual, and not a collective, right under the Second Amendment. This may come as a surprise to Gun Tests readers who thought they were buying guns for their personal use all along, but many gun confiscators have advanced the argument that our ability to own guns is modified and controlled by this part of the Second Amendment: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state….”

This is a crucial distinction in terms of...

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