Hulshof Applauds Supreme Court Second Amendment Ruling

Statement

By:  Kenny Hulshof
Date: June 26, 2008
Location: Unknown


HULSHOF APPLAUDS SUPREME COURT SECOND AMENDMENT RULING

Congressman Kenny Hulshof applauds the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of individual 2nd Amendment rights.

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, striking down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old gun ban.

"This is a great day for all Americans, as the highest court in the land has once and for all come down on the side of personal liberty," Congressman Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo., said.

Hulshof, a lifelong hunter and gun owner, was one of 250 congressmen who, along with the vice president and 55 senators, signed onto the amicus brief earlier this year, which was backed by the National Rifle Association and sent to the Supreme Court in favor of overturning the ban.

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled the gun ban was incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment. The court had not interpreted the amendment since its ratification in 1791. The justices weighed whether the amendment protects individuals' right to own guns no mater what, or whether that right is tied to service in a state militia. Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia stated that "the second amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm independent of serving in a militia."

"The right to bear arms has been one of our country's longest-held but contentious rights," Hulshof said. "The Supreme Court decision today resolutely affirms that the Second Amendment is an individual right and belongs to all Americans."

The decision stresses that the court was not casting doubt on long-standing bans on gun possession by felons, or even laws banning guns from government buildings and schools. However, it affirms that individuals have the right to own and keep guns in their homes, without having to keep it disassembled and unloaded or have a trigger lock in place.

"I believe that the justices made a constitutionally-sound decision that captures the framers' intent," Hulshof said. "They have weighed the rights of the individual with the public good and have made sure that law-abiding citizens are guaranteed the right to protect themselves, while also protecting a state's right to preclude convicted felons from owning guns or from gun owners' bringing guns into schools and government buildings."