Justice Scalia is an “originalist.” He says that he looks at what the Constitution meant when it was ratified in 1787 and 1788.
In an interview on Fox News, Supreme he said that the Constitution does seem to allow state legislatures to place restrictions on gun ownership. He was vague as to which kinds of guns.
There are legal precedents in the early days of the Constitution. “They had some limitations on the nature of arms that could be borne.”What were these limitations? He did not say.
There are locations where guns may be banned. He did not say “movie theaters.”
Who will decide which kinds of guns and where? Why, five members or more of the Supreme court. “It will have to be decided in future cases.”
What about “assault weapons”? What about 100-round ammunition magazines. “We’ll see.”
Yes, we will. We’ll see who breaks the law and who doesn’t. We’ll see which mass murderers worry about gun control laws and their penalties, and which don’t.
I think it will be difficult for anti-gun Democrats to get their agenda through this House of Representatives this year. I think the threat of a filibuster will keep legislation from getting through the Senate this year.
But the day will come when the Court is presented with a case. We will then see how originalist Scalia really is.