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Key Excerpt: Leahy Questions Sotomayor on Second Amendment Rights

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LEAHY: Good.

Let me (ph) talk to you about another decision that's been talked about, District of Columbia v. Heller. In that one, the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment guarantees to Americans the right to keep and bear arms, and that it's an individual right.

LEAHY: I've owned firearms since my early teen years. I suspect a large majority of Vermonters do. I enjoy target shooting on a very regular basis at our home in Vermont. So I watched that decision rather carefully and found it interesting.

Is it safe to say that you accept the Supreme Court's decision as establishing that the Second Amendment right is an individual right? Is that correct?

SOTOMAYOR: Yes, sir.

LEAHY: Thank you.

And in the Second Circuit decision, Maloney v. Cuomo, you, in fact, recognized the Supreme Court decided in Heller that the personal right to bear arms is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution against federal law restrictions. Is that correct?


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By  |  July 14, 2009; 10:24 AM ET
Categories:  Hearings , Supreme Court , Topic: Second Amendment Rights  
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Could someone please explain the 2nd amendment right to "bear arms'. I am not a US citizen but the right seems to be in the context of a militia to preserve a free state.

Does anyone believe that your "founding fathers " would deem it necessary today?

I do wonder if the continuation of this right is not inflenced by the political problem of the anger etc caused if any branch of your government who tried to overturn it.

Posted by: skylark8 | July 16, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

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