Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The City of Chicago, the City Council and the district court

just took a big, serious kick in the ass:
That is, the City Council violated the Second Amendment when it made this law; its very existence stands as a fixed harm to every Chicagoan’s Second Amendment right to maintain proficiency in firearm use by training at a range. This kind of constitutional harm is not measured by whether a particular person’s gasoline or mass‐transit bill is higher because he must travel to a firing range in the suburbs rather than one in the city, as the district court seemed to think.
This reasoning assumes that the harm to a constitutional right is measured by the extent to which it can be exercised in another jurisdiction. That’s a profoundly mistaken assumption. In the First Amendment context, the Supreme Court long ago made it clear that “ ‘one is not to have the exercise of his liberty of expression in appropriate places abridged on the plea that it may be exercised in some other place.’ ”
In plain language: you can't screw someone out of their rights in THIS city because "They can go OUTSIDE the city and exercise that right". Richard the Turd, Mayor Rahm and Mayors Against Guns must be soiling themselves: this court has just stated that the 2nd Amendment has the same importance as the 1st. Wheee!

Note: Sebastian found a copy of Mayor Rahm's "Ok, we'll allow some ranges' ordinance; it's the kind of garbage we expected from him and this city.

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