OWENS: Supreme Court Decision Could Lead To Second Civil War

OWENS: Supreme Court Decision Could Lead To Second Civil War

OWENS: Supreme Court Decision Could Lead To Second Civil War

The U.S. Supreme Court may decide as early as today whether they will hear a case concerning the obvious unconstitutionality of a Chicago suburb’s ban on semi-automatic firearms. These firearms are clearly protected by the explicit intent of the Second Amendment to protect arms suitable for militia use by the American people.

If the court declines to hear the case and lets these unconstitutional bans stand, they will send the nation on a nearly inevitable path towards another civil war.

The high court is considering whether to accept an appeal filed by Highland Park pediatrician Arie S. Friedman, 49, who claims the ban passed by the City Council in 2013 violates the Second Amendment because it denies him the right to use his semi-automatic weapons to protect his home and family. The new law required that residents such as Friedman, who owned firearms capable of rapidly firing more than 10 rounds of ammunition, either remove them from the city, modify them or turn them over to police.

Friedman, who filed the lawsuit along with the Illinois State Rifle Association, already has lost in two lower courts. A U.S. District Court upheld the ban last year, and the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that decision. The National Rifle Association has filed a brief to the Supreme Court in support of the suit.

If the Supreme Court takes the case, Illinois would once again land at the center of the contentious legal battle over gun control. It would also raise questions about the legality of similar assault weapons bans in Chicago and other Illinois cities, as well as those in seven states, including New York and California.

Gun rights advocates have argued that rapid-firing, semi-automatic rifles are among the most popular firearms in the country for hunting, recreational shooting and self-defense and are protected under the Supreme Court’s two most recent rulings upholding citizens’ rights to bear arms. During the last seven years, the high court overturned the last remaining firearms bans in the country, in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, ruling that citizens had the right to keep firearms at home for protection.

The explicit intent of the Second Amendment as written by the Founding Fathers was to ensure that the citizenry—whom they refer to as the militia—will always be armed with weapons of contemporary military utility in order to form a counterweight to the corrupting influence of government.


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