This from Fox and recently headlined on Drudge:
A treaty being hammered out this month at the United Nations — with Iran playing a key role — could expose the records of America’s gun owners to foreign governments — and, critics warn, eventually put the Second Amendment on global trial. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/07/11/un-arms-treaty-could-put-us-gun-owners-in-foreign-sights-say-critics/#ixzz20KyB4wAp
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Ninth Circuit rejects Heller
By Tom Bridger, BSN staff writer.
PASADENA, CA – It was a cool summer night in Seattle, Washington, when Frederick Jones returned home to find his wife on the living room couch, naked from the waist down, throat slashed, and oozing life. With her last breaths, Melinda Jones pointed to the bedroom of their 14 year old daughter.
Sounds coming from the bedroom made Fred Jones’s blood turn to ice. His daughter, Melissa, was gurgling as though cries for help were bubbling through a severed throat; her bed was creaking and the headboard was knocking into the wall in a quickly repetitive cycle. Fred Jones raced down the hall and recovered a .357 Magnum revolver hidden in a utility closet just outside his daughter’s room. He turned the knob on her bedroom door and rushed in.
A year later, Frederick Jones was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison for killing Abdul Saeed with an illegal gun. Mr. Jones six-shot revolver violated a Washington law that prohibits guns from holding more than four cartridges or firing a bullet farther than 75 yards.
Mr. Jones’s appeal was upheld and today, in Jones v. Bouchard, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled, 10-1, en banc, for the State of Washington, agreeing that its “police powers” allowed its legislature to craft reasonable regulations on gun ownership to curb rampant gun violence.
Jones had argued that the 75 yard requirement would render the gun ineffective for self defense. He further argued that limiting guns to four or more cartridges effectively banned virtually every self-defense handgun in existence.
The Supreme Court’s 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, had found that a ban on handgun possession in the home, as well as storage requirements that rendered rifles and shotguns inoperable for immediate self-defense, violated the Second Amendment’s guarantee that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. In the case at bar, Jones argued, the facts were essentially identical to Heller; in both, the laws effectively banned armed self defense.
Two curious footnotes to the majority opinion appear to be aimed at providing additional grounds to support the ruling if, as is expected, the case is appealed to the Supreme Court. In the first, the Ninth Circuit indicated that Heller incorrectly read the history of the Second Amendment’s drafting, and that Justice Stevens “got it right” when he concluded there, in a dissenting opinion, that the founding fathers intended to protect only the military use of personal firearms. In the second footnote, the Court found it “persuasive that the United Nations Department of Disarmament Affairs has proposed exactly this type of limitation on gun ownership.”
The attorney for Appellant Jones, Frank Layton Jr., confirmed that his client would appeal. He said that, “The Supreme Court will see this scheme for what it is: an effective ban on self defense, the most fundamental right inherent in the Constitution.”
Wilber Terrapin, attorney for Washington state, said, “I think the court was impressed with Justice Stevens’s well-reasoned dissent in Heller, and further agreed that it’s wholly proper to utilize the opinions of international bodies to guide interpretation of the Constitution.”
Second Amendment scholar and firearms expert, Professor of Law David Couples, when reached at his office by telephone, noted that, “Any gun useful for self defense will of necessity fire a bullet much farther than 75 yards.” He agreed that states have a right, according to their police powers, to impose reasonable regulations on firearms. “But what’s reasonable,” he asked, “about requiring the use of something that doesn’t even exist, or if it did, wouldn’t work?” When asked about the court looking to the United Nations to interpret what our founding fathers intended when they wrote the Bill of Rights, Couples quipped, “it’s worthy of the mad hatter.”