For those of us who care about the Second Amendment—and I hope that's all of you—this is a very good sign indeed:
A majority of Supreme Court justices seemed inclined Wednesday to rule that the Constitution provides a right to carry a gun outside the home, but willing to allow restrictions on guns in crowded public places.
After two hours of oral argument, the court appeared skeptical of a New York law that requires showing a special need to get a permit for carrying a concealed handgun in public. The court's conservatives suggested they believe the law violates the Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms..."
The court's more liberal members seemed to support the New York law. "I think that people of good moral character, who are drinking a lot and are maybe there for a football game or some kind of soccer game can get pretty angry at each other. And if they each have a concealed weapon who knows?" said Justice Stephen Breyer.
But Washington, D.C., lawyer Paul Clement, representing the law's challengers, said New York has turned the Second Amendment into a limited privilege, not a right. And several of the court's conservatives seemed to agree.
Well, gee, I dunno about this one. On the one hand you have the exercise of an incontestable, fundamental constitutional right, and on the other hand you have Stephen Breyer's rambling speculation that some dudes might attend a soccer game and get mad and shoot each other up.
I think we'll go with the Founders, the Supreme Court, the Constitution, common sense and pretty much everything else on this one!