Last week, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito told a group of attorneys that individual rights were at increased risk of government encroachment—including the right to keep and bear arms.
In the wake of an apparent White House victory for gun grabbers, and Joe Biden promising executive action on guns, many gun owners are left wondering how far Joe Biden and his promised gun-control czar, Beto “Hell yes we’re going to take your AR-15” O’Rourke will go—and how much opposition will come from the U.S. Supreme Court. In a video address to the Federalist Society, Justice Alito offered a preview. “The pandemic has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty,” Alito said. “Every year, administrative agencies acting under broad delegations of authority churn out huge volumes of regulations that dwarfs the statutes enacted by the people’s elected representatives.” “[W]henever fundamental rights are restricted, the Supreme Court and other courts cannot close their eyes.” Alito warned that freedom of speech was in danger, and that “we need to do whatever we can to prevent it from becoming a second-tier constitutional right.” “Of course, the ultimate second tier constitutional right in the minds of some is the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Alito said, voicing frustration that since 2010’s Supreme Court ruling in McDonald v. Chicago, the Court has denied hearing any Second Amendment challenge to a firearm restriction until this year’s New York State Rifle & Pistol Association case, which the Court ultimately failed to rule on. “[New York City] makes it very inconvenient for a law-abiding resident to get a gun in the home for self-defense,” Alito said. “But the Second Amendment protects that right. And if a person is going to have a gun in the home, there’s broad agreement that the gun owner should know how to handle it safely. And that the best way to acquire and maintain that skill is to go to a range every now and then.” [full article]