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October 7, 2009

"Does the Second Amendment Bind the States?"

The title of this post is the headline of this effective column at FindLaw by Professor Michael Dorf.  This piece is one of the most effective discussion of the complex and interesting precedents at issue in the Second Amendment incorporation case taken up by the Supreme Court last week.  Here is a paragraph from the start of the commentary:

Last week, the Court announced that it would hear a case, McDonald v. Chicago, posing the question whether the Second Amendment applies to the states and their sub-divisions. In lawyer's jargon, McDonald requires the Court to say whether the Fourteenth Amendment "incorporates" the Second Amendment against the states.  As I shall explain in this column, the case poses an intellectual challenge for the Justices who were in the Heller majority.  To see why, we will need to begin by reviewing the story of how other constitutional rights came to be incorporated against the states.

Some related Second Amendment posts:

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Or, the Justices could leapfrog over modern incorporation jurisprudence altogether and go back to the original Congressional, state legislative, and popular debates about what exactly the Fourteenth Amendment, particularly the Privileges or Immunities Clause, was supposed to accomplish.

There was not a sane sober person anywhere in the Union in 1868 who did not fully understand that the Fourteenth Amendment was unambiguously intended to, inter alia, give freed blacks the right to bear arms. They might not have liked the idea, but they understood it.

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