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Old July 29, 2012, 06:58 PM   #12
JN01
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The article mentions "frightening weapons", but it's not in quotes. If Scalia actually used those words, I am frightened. Does Scalia believe that some person's opinion of how "frightening" a gun is determines whether or not it can be illegal to carry safely and responsibly?
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What limitations upon the right to bear arms are permissible. Some undoubtedly are, because there were some that were acknowledged at the time. For example, there was a tort called affrighting, which if you carried around a really horrible weapon just to scare people, like a head ax or something, that was I believe a misdemeanor.
He was talking about the fact that there were some arms restrictions at the time of the nations founding. The offense he referred to above seems to be more of a prohibition on behavior rather than the weapon itself- similar to the modern charge of brandishing.
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