SCOTUS ruling will guide Virginia gun law reviews, Cuccinelli says
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.
June 28, 2010; 2:32 PM ET
Categories: Eric Cantor , Ken Cuccinelli , Mark Warner , Rick Boucher , Rosalind Helderman , Tom Perriello
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