The Second Amendment is supposed to be a restraint on the legislature. As written, it forbids anyone from passing certain kinds of laws or implementing certain kinds of policies:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
This amendment not only restrains the Federal government from passing laws that infringe the rights of the residents of a state from keeping or bearing weapons of any kind, but it restrains the states themselves from being reorganized into despotisms. The state government is not permitted to disarm the people.
And the Supreme Court has now officially dumped us into despotism.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to weigh in on whether gun owners have a constitutional right to carry handguns outside the home.
The court decided not to hear a challenge to a New Jersey state law that requires people who want to carry handguns to show they have a special reason before they can get a permit. The court has shown a reluctance to wade in on the issue in recent months, declining to hear cases that challenged similar regulations in New York and Maryland.
So just like the BLM Feds set up “First Amendment Areas” in Nebraska, the state of New Jersey says that your home is your Second Amendment Zone. And the Supreme Court is completely fine with this.
The demand for a “special reason” is a straightforward attempt to legitimize arming the rich and disarming the middle- and lower-class residents of New Jersey. The powerful, the privileged, the politically well-connected will always get their “special reasons” treated with respect. Such a wealthy person will never need to worry about really convincing a bureaucrat that he has a legitimate need for the protection of a firearm outside his home.
According to the Reuters story,
The high court has yet to decide whether there is a right to carry guns in public, a question left unanswered in its two most recent gun-related decisions.
That makes no sense to me at all. By refusing to hear (and overturn) the lower court ruling it seems to me our Supreme Court has, indeed, claimed that we have no right to carry guns with us outside the home.
All we can do now is fight in the state legislatures.