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Reader Input: Court ruled on amendment

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Ron Lowe found a liberal interpretation of our Second Amendment (“Understand amendment II,” Reader Input, Feb. 1), but a quick search on the government’s Law Library of Congress website shows what the Supreme Court actually ruled.
In June of ’08, in the District of Columbia v. Heller ruling, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority (5-4) opinion. It states: “The Amendment’s prefatory clause (a well regulated militia) announces a purpose, but does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative clause. The operative clause’s text (the right of the people to keep and bear arms) and history demonstrate that it connotes an individual right.”
The Heller case was exactly about interpreting the text of the second amendment, and like it or not, the court’s decision is law.
Kyle Vogt, Auburn