July 29, 2010

D.C. v. Heller changed everything

Which is to say, nothing:
This appeal presents a single issue, whether Defendant Michael Marzzarella's conviction under 18 U.S.C. § 922(k) for possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number violates his Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. We* hold it does not and accordingly will affirm the conviction.

[W]e begin with Heller ...
Third Circuit: United States v. Marzzarella (.pdf; 35 pgs.).

This identical question has come up here before, in the context of our top local right-wing conservative firearms experts. I think that Heller and its recent companion, McDonald v. Chicago, should be of greater import to historians and political theorists than to gun buffs.

* Two Reagans and a G.W. Bush, for the record. It's amazing there are still any guns left after Obama and Elena Kagan seized them all.

Thank Heaven for Russ Feingold.

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