In March, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, which is a lawsuit filed by a private citizen who claimed that Washington D.C.’s infamous handgun ban violated his 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. The ruling in this case is expected to settle the debate once and for all whether the 2nd Amendment is an individual right or not. The ramifications to ordinary people like those living in Schuylkill County are enormous.
If the Court declares the ban unconstitutional and endorses the individual right view, it could call into question the constitutionality of many federal and state firearms regulations. In plain english, after this decision we may not have to jump through so many hoops to buy guns. Such a thought was a mere fantasy in the Clinton 90’s, when gun ownership was akin to having AIDS to the liberals running the country. However, now the scene is set for what I can only term a renaissance for firearms. Less restrictions, less government intrusion, and more protection for our nation’s citizens. One could only dream yesterday, but in a few weeks it may become a welcomed reality. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed.