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Con: It's part of our Constitutional rights

By BY SONNY LONG
July 26, 2010 at 2:26 a.m.


The right to own a gun without government interference is well-grounded in U.S. history, say some Crossroads residents.

"We have a right to bear arms," said Victoria mechanic T.J Bryant. "That right goes all the way back to the Constitution. We're allowed to protect ourselves."

Plant manager Jake Davis, of Victoria, agreed, also citing the Constitution.

"No, cities and states should not be able to do that," he said. "It's part of our Constitution, the right to bear arms. It's one of the foundations on which our country was founded."

The recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, striking down a Chicago law that banned gun ownership has far-reaching effects.

The National Rifle Association, a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, was a party to the lawsuit that challenged the Chicago law.

NRA leaders reacted in a news release following the ruling.

"This is a landmark decision," said executive vice president Wayne LaPierre. "The Second Amendment - as every citizen's constitutional right - is now a real part of American constitutional law."

Other supporters, too, feel strongly about keeping government out of gun control.

The "ruling is a victory for freedom and liberty," Stephen L. Sanetti, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said in a news release. "All law-abiding Americans, no matter whether they live in a big city like Chicago or in rural Wyoming, have the same Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms."

"Constitutional rights don't stop at state or city borders. Cities like Chicago and New York and states like California must now respect the Second Amendment," Sanetti said.

The foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry.

The NRA news release emphasized that gun ownership choices are back where they belongs.

"This decision makes absolutely clear that the Second Amendment protects the God-given right of self-defense for all law-abiding Americans, period," said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist. "Today's opinion puts the law back on the side of the law-abiding."

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