Thursday, July 9, 2009

Where does YOUR attorney general stand on the Second Amendment?

We spoke on Tuesday about California Attorney General Jerry Brown petitioning the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to Chicago's gun ban. 33 other state AGs have also lent their names to the effort.


Two-thirds of the nation’s attorneys general have filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari in the case of NRA v. Chicago and hold that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This bi-partisan group of 33 attorneys general, along with the Attorney General of California in a separate filing, agrees with the NRA’s position that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental individual right to keep and bear arms in the home for self-defense, disagreeing with the decision recently issued by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

You can read their brief here.

One of the AGs, Mike Cox of Michigan, addressed criticism of his signing the brief in The Detroit Free Press. He does a good job and I encourage you to read his rebuttal.

I like his ending the best:

I make no apologies for my support of the Constitution and the Second Amendment.

Amen. None of us should.

Here are the states that joined in the amicus brief. As mentioned, California acted on its own:

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

If your state is not listed, contact your attorney general and give him an earful. Here's a resource to help you do that, or to thank yours for doing the right thing.

Source: The Examiner

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