Thursday, March 25, 2021

I made a meme

The observant and persnickety among you will ask, "Why the quotation marks for the top-right quote and not for the bottom-left quote?"  Because the top-right quote is itself a quote from elsewhere:  Glenn Reynolds, in the relevant post, says he's quoting a friend.  The Vallicella quote, meanwhile, is lifted directly from Dr. V's site and consists of his own words.


US Appeals Court Rules States May Restrict People From Openly Carrying Guns in Public

An appeals court on Wednesday ruled that states may restrict people from openly carrying firearms in public—upholding a Hawaii gun regulation that bans residents from openly carrying guns without a license.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 7-4 that restrictions on carrying guns in public except for hunting do not violate the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.

“The government may regulate, and even prohibit, in public places—including government buildings, churches, schools, and markets—the open carrying of small arms capable of being concealed, whether they are carried concealed or openly,” Judge Jay Bybee, appointed by former President George W. Bush, wrote in his opinion (pdf) for the court’s majority.

“Our review of more than 700 years of English and American legal history reveals a strong theme: government has the power to regulate arms in the public square,” the judge added, saying, “There is no right to carry arms openly in public; nor is any such right within the scope of the Second Amendment.”

Bybee added, “It remains as true today as it was centuries ago, that the mere presence of such weapons presents a terror to the public and that widespread carrying of handguns would strongly suggest that state and local governments have lost control of our public areas.” 

Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, who dissented, called the decision “unprecedented as it is extreme.”

Trump obviously didn't do enough to defang the Ninth Circuit. 

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