12 Dec Seventh Circuit expands the wild, wild, west by invalidating Illinois’ strict limits on carrying a handgun on the street.
When it comes to the prevalence of lawfully carrying concealed handguns, Virginia is like night and day from Maryland and Washington, D.C., where that right is still strictly limited. I sometimes cynically wonder whether the sunshine-y charm displayed in so much of Virginia is partly influenced by not wanting to upset a person who might be carrying a concealed weapon. Concealed carry permits are easy to obtain at Virginia circuit courthouses.
Nevertheless, I strongly believe that the Second Amendment must be given real teeth — unless it is amended — because to do otherwise helps defang my beloved First Amendment all the more than the First Amendment already gets damaged by courts and governments.
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s monumental Heller Second Amendment decision invalidating D.C.’s total ban on handguns, yesterday the Seventh Circuit, 2-1, ruled that Heller clearly provides Second Amendment protection beyond one’s home — allowing the possession of handguns ready to use, rather than unloaded — in part seeing that the home is far from the only place where people face threats that might lead them to arm themsevles in defense. Moore, et al. v. Madigan,
On a Constitutional basis, I am pleased with Moore. On a personal level, I urge everyone to refrain voluntarily from possessing and using handguns. Nonviolence is the way. Violence begets violence. These are truisms, not hollow platitudes.