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SCOTUS ruling will guide Virginia gun law reviews, Cuccinelli says

Rosalind Helderman

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he will keep in mind today's landmark Supreme Court decision, ruling that the 2nd amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives Americans a fundamental right to own guns wherever they live, as he reviews and offers opinions on Virginia law.

In a statement, Cuccinelli said he was "pleased that the Supreme Court has found that Second Amendment rights are as deserving of respect from state and local governments as are other rights found in the Bill of Rights." He singled out for praise language from Justice Samuel Alito indicating that the right to keep and bear arms is "'fundamental' to America's 'scheme of ordered liberty.'"

Cuccinelli said he will review cases and regulations dealing with guns on a case-by-case basis, evaluating them against today's ruling, as well as the Court's previous ruling striking down the D.C. handgun ban.

Meanwhile, in a state where politicians on both sides of the aisle tend to favor gun rights, other elected officials have been jumping in to praise the ruling as well. U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R) said it "reinforces the power and vitality of our Constitution as a bulwark against the encroachment by government on our fundamental rights." U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello called the 5 to 4 ruling "a victory for the Second Amendment and for our Constitution."

Both of Virginia's senators and 8 of its 11 Congressional representatives signed a friend of the court brief urging the court to strike down a restrictive Chicago gun law, the victorious side in the case.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 28, 2010; 2:32 PM ET
Categories:  Eric Cantor , Ken Cuccinelli , Mark Warner , Rick Boucher , Rosalind Helderman , Tom Perriello  
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The whole country is cheering this Supreme Court decision. Not surprisingly, Chicago and those few holdouts in America that still have draconian gun control laws also have the highest violent crime rates. In fact, according to the U.S. Justice Department's own National Institute of Justice/Bureau of Justice Statistics, where there are more guns in the possession of law abiding citizens with a minimum of gun training, there are fewer violent crimes. Now if we can do away with the checkerboard laws that exist on college campuses, shopping malls, office buildings and other places of employment, criminals will have fewer safe places to commit violence against law abiding citizens.

Posted by: OIFVet06 | June 28, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

so am I now free to build my own thermo-nuclear device? Only when every American has their own Nuclear weapon, will the government respect the rights of the individual!

Posted by: MarilynManson | June 28, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

@MarilynManson - What does the Second Amendment have to do with thermo-nuclear devices? Absolutely nothing, so your comment is null and void.

I'm happy to see that the SCOTUS has made a decision that affirms the beliefs of a majority of the US population and a majority of our representatives.

It's time for the silent majority to start winning battles over the loud and obnoxious minority of left-wing zealots.

Posted by: VaGunForum | June 28, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see some video of Eric Cantor shooting. That'd be cool.

Posted by: markdyer | June 28, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Helderman ...

Please dispense with the over-used misunderstandings. The second amendment gives no one any rights. It merely commands that the government not infringe them.

Posted by: ambiguae | June 28, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

For all you literalists and strict constructionists out there (e.g. VaGunForum), MarilynManson is quite correct. We refer to thermonuclear devices as "nuclear arms." Since the Constitution speaks of the right to bear "arms," without further qualification, it is obvious from the text that nuclear weapons are included.

Posted by: 303030 | June 28, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Left-wing alarmism is misplaced. The decision clearly states that reasonable restrictions are ok, just as DC vs. Heller did. You can have a lot of restrictions, you just can't ban guns outright.

Posted by: Simon23p | June 29, 2010 1:58 AM | Report abuse

More idiotic comments about small minded thinking. If owning a gun is what you think freedom is about you just don't get it.

Posted by: SoupLine | June 29, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is the best AG in the country.

Posted by: civilrightist | June 29, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Virginia's Senators are quite literally two-faced liars. They both campaigned on pro-gun, pro-Second Amendment platforms.

How can anyone with a clear conscience sign an amicus brief supporting the Second Amendment while also voting to confirm a Supreme Court Justice nominee, knowing full well that she will vote against the Second Amendment, in spite of overwhelming history, settled law and the facts of the case.

And they will both certainly do it all over again with Kagan in a few weeks! What hypocrites!

Posted by: TFred | June 29, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

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