By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus
The landmark Supreme Court case District of Columbia v.
Heller established that the right to keep and bear arms under
the Second Amendment is an individual right. McDonald v. City
of Chicago, which applied the right against state
laws,clarified that states can’t “single out” the
Second Amendment and treat it with less respect than any other
fundamental right. Heller and McDonald are based
on the premise that if states are allowed to decide the scope of
our constitutional rights, citizens will receive inferior rights in
certain states. Maryland and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Fourth Circuit are encouraging this system of inferior rights by
ignoring the key principle of these cases and allowing state
legislatures to define how the Second Amendment should function.
Over a decade ago, James Hamilton accepted a laptop purchased on a
stolen credit card and was subsequently convicted of three felonies
in Virginia. He completed probation and paid restitution. In 2013,
the governor of Virginia restored his Second Amendment rights.
Since then, Hamilton has been an exemplary law-abiding citizen; he
became an armed security officer with the Virginia Department of
Criminal Justice Services and is now a protective security officer
with the Department of Homeland Security. A family man and junior
wrestling coach, Hamilton is far from a danger to society.
Maryland, however, …Read the Rest
Source:: Cato Institute