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SENATE WEB SITE MISREADS SECOND AMENDMENT

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Ignores Heller and MacDonald Rulings
By Harold Hutchison

The Senate’s web site has misinterpreted the Second Amendment. Not only does it not recognize the Second Amendment as an individual right, it ignored two Supreme Court rulings to that effect.

“Whether this provision protects the individual's right to own firearms or whether it deals only with the collective right of the people to arm and maintain a militia has long been debated,” the website says. The Heller case, decided in 2008, ruled that the Second Amendment clearly protected an individual right. In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled against Chicago’s handgun ban on Second Amendment grounds.

"No one on either side of the gun debate -- with the possible exception of those persons who devised the U.S. Senate's official website explaining the Constitution -- doubts that the Supreme Court has affirmed the individual rights view of the Second Amendment," attorney Bob Levy, who represented the plaintiffs in the Heller case.