March 2005

Short Shots: 03/05

DOJ Memo: 2nd Amendment Is Individual Right
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has declared that the Second Amendment explicitly recognizes the right of individual Americans to own and carry firearms. The Memorandum Opinion for the Attorney General released on the Internet in December is entitled, “Whether the Second Amendment Secures an Individual Right.”

The report’s 103 pages conclude that, “... the Second Amendment secures a personal right of individuals, not a collective right that may only be invoked by a State or a quasi-collective right restricted to those persons who serve in organized militia units.”

Further, the report says that conclusion is based “... on...

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