- Post 15 April 2012
- By Copy Editor
The few regulations found to violate the Second Amendment have been outliers, such as D.C.'s notoriously ineffective handgun ban. After Chicago's ban on such firearms was struck down in 2010, the city passed a new law requiring anyone who wanted to keep a handgun at home to complete an hour of training on a gun range.
There was one catch: The new law barred the operation of gun ranges within city limits. This too-clever-by-half legislation was less about public safety and more — as a judge in the case voiding the gun-range ban said — a "thumbing of the municipal nose at the Supreme Court."
One question left open by the Supreme Court's landmark Heller decision was how courts should treat gun-control laws. Should they put strict limits on such laws, as they do with most regulations on political speech? Or should they give legislators broader leeway to regulate guns, as they do with laws that burden religious practices? Most of the courts to rule on gun control since Heller have chosen the latter approach. ...