SCOTUS Says Stun Guns Covered by 2nd Amendment
It an upset to the Liberal State of Massachusettes, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) overturned a stun gun ban set down by the state’s High Court.
“While less popular than handguns, stun guns are widely owned and accepted as a legitimate means of self-defense across the country,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote. “Massachusetts’ categorical ban of such weapons therefore violates the Second Amendment.”
Massachusetts stun gun ban came into question after a woman was arrested for carrying one in her pursue for protection against her ex-boyfriend. Police arrested her, and a state court upheld the ban, arguing that the Second Amendment was never intended to apply to stun guns.
But the Supreme Court disagreed and reversed that decision Monday. The Second Amendment applies to all firearms, “even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding,” the high court wrote.
In another gun rights decision, SCOTUS rejected an appeal over a ban on guns at post offices.
The high court will let stand a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) regulation that prohibits customers — even those who hold concealed carry permits — from bringing guns to pick up their mail.
This case was brought by a Colorado resident that holds a concealed carry permit. After hearing that he could be prosecuted for carrying his weapon inside a post office when he checked his mail, or even if he left it in his car, he sought to have a court order strike down the regulation.
This represents a win for the Obama administration, which argued in favor of the ban.
These two decisions show the divide that the Supreme Court must deal with after the death of 2nd Amendment supporter Justice Antonin Scalia.
But, they are handling it well, and should not have too many issues in waiting for the outcome of the next Presidential election.
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