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Old October 9, 2013, 08:55 PM   #14
Frank Ettin
Join Date: November 23, 2005
Location: California - San Francisco
Posts: 8,700
Originally Posted by speedrrracer
How is preventing possession of an object not also preventing commerce relating to that object?
Because, essentially, the effect on commerce is only incidental. It may affect one's ability to buy something from another State (commerce); but it also affects one's ability to bring something with him (not commerce), as well as, potentially, one's ability to possess something already in his possession at the time continued possession became illegal (also not commerce).

A general legal definition of commerce is:
The exchange of goods, products, or any type of Personal Property. Trade and traffic carried on between different peoples or states and its inhabitants, including not only the purchase, sale, and exchange of commodities but also the instrumentalities, agencies, and means by which business is accomplished. The transportation of persons and goods, by air, land, and sea. The exchange of merchandise on a large scale between different places or communities....
"It is long been a principle of ours that one is no more armed because he has possession of a firearm than he is a musician because he owns a piano. There is no point in having a gun if you are not capable of using it skillfully." -- Jeff Cooper
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