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2A, Kelo and Federalism

by Robert Capozzi

As we all wait to hear what the Supremes have to say about the DC gun ban, I'll be especially interested in the take that our paleo states rights colleagues will say. Some believed Kelo was properly decided, based on a states rights perspective.

I didn't, and I won't.

The way I see it, the Bill of Rights is a national governing law. It carves out certain rights for all US citizens, including the right to keep and bear arms, at least on one's property. That which is not carved out in the Constitution should be left to the states or individuals. Banning all firearms -- as DC has done -- is off the reservation, as I see it.