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Old March 19, 2013, 08:55 PM   #71
Spats McGee
Join Date: July 28, 2010
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Originally Posted by pax
. . . .The firearm is, at its heart, a weapon. It should be protected and enshrined in law on that basis. Anything else you do with it is up to you, but the right to own and carry it goes back to its status as a weapon. . . .
Outstanding post, pax. Let me add one note to this particular point. We hear lots of talk about hunting and shooting sports, "sporting purposes" and the like. I have seen lots of posts by gun owners about how "a gun is a tool," and I'm sure I've said the same thing. The 2A isn't about those. Let's take a quick peek at the text we all know and love:
Originally Posted by Founding Fathers
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. U.S. Const, Amend. II
The 2A doesn't protect "shooting sports." It doesn't protect "hunting." It doesn't protect "tools." It protects arms.
I'm a lawyer, but I'm not your lawyer. If you need some honest-to-goodness legal advice, go buy some.
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