The June 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller Supreme Court decision was hailed as a victory by advocates of gun rights. It was also hailed as a victory by advocates of gun control. Who is right to claim victory? And what legal challenges do gun owners face in the future?
Boston T. Party, creator of Free State Wyoming and author of many books including Boston’s Gun Bible, spoke at the New Hampshire Liberty Forum on the Heller decision and the future of the Second Amendment.
“I am not optimistic,’ he said. While Heller said the right to keep and bear arms was an individual right, it also said that “rights can be attenuated’ (that means infringed).
And having gained the power in Heller to determine who can get a handgun and who can’t, victim disarmament advocates are going to move on to battle rifles and finally hunting rifles, he argued.
“Sarah Brady and those people stand in the air. They have nothing of a foundation in logic, data, facts or even reasoned argument. But they’re noisome. . . . You can’t fight illogic and unreason with logic.’
Dick Heller would say during his keynote address that he intends to bring further legal challenges. Those videos will be published shortly.
The New Hampshire Liberty Forum is an annual conference on liberty hosted by the Free State Project, which aims to have at least 20,000 activists move to New Hampshire to work toward increased freedom.