Home | Classifieds | Place an ad | Obituaries | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Real Estate Search | 928 Media Lab | Contact Us | Subscribe | Yellow Pages
Prescott Valley Tribune | Prescott Valley, Arizona

home : opinions : opinions December 17, 2014

2/6/2013 12:16:00 PM
Letter: Gun restrictions don't violate 2nd Amendment


Whenever I read an editorial that uses the Second Amendment as a basis for rejecting the administration's recommendations for changes in gun regulations, I know immediately that the writer has very little knowledge of the United States Supreme Court's interpretation of that amendment.

In the Court's opinion in the case of District of Columbia vs. Heller (2008), the conservative justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, provided for "prohibitions on carrying concealed weapons, and on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, and laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places, such as schools and government buildings, or imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms." Justice Scalia called such laws "presumptively legal."

According to the majority opinion of the Court, such restrictions do not violate the Second Amendment, as that amendment calls in its prefatory clause for arms to be "well-regulated."

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, at a recent event (Lawyers for a Safer America), suggested that the Heller opinion "provides no obstacle to regulations permitting the ownership or the use of the sorts of weapons used in the tragic multiple killings in Virginia, Colorado, Arizona and Connecticut in recent years."

Those who claim that the Second Amendment restricts gun laws reveal their limited awareness of the opinion given by the U.S. Supreme Court. NRA lobbyists such as Wayne LaPierre are undoubtedly aware of the opinion, but simply choose to ignore it.

Donald Huard,

Prescott Valley

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Tex doubles down: VW to roll into PV (439 views)

•   Fire quickly extinguished in PV (433 views)

•   What's with all the police cars and sirens? It's just Shop With a Cop (246 views)

•   Prescott Valley man accused of abusing baby (236 views)

•   Editorial: Time to meet the people of my town (150 views)

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Article comment by: Van Krunk

Way to go Donald, if I may quote one of your favorite speakers (just guessing, but pretty sure). "To conquer a nation first disarm its citizens” Hitler. Again congrats on your point of view.

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Article comment by: Mister Anonymous

The 2nd amendment doesn't call for the weapons to be well-regulated. Please stop spreading lies. The second amendment says this:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

It does not say that the arms (weapons) themselves must be well-regulated. Just because you want it to say that doesn't make it so and no amount of contortionist twisting of dictionary meanings will ever make it mean that.

Go back to California or New York - wherever you're from. You'll fit right in.

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Prescott Valley, AZ
Click for weather forecast

Find It Features Blogs Milestones Extras Submit Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place an ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Real Estate Search | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | Site Map
© Copyright 2014 Prescott Newspapers, Inc. The Prescott Valley Tribune is the information source for Prescott Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. Prescott Newspapers Online is a service of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. By using the Site, pvtrib.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Prescott Newspapers Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2014 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved