The President of the United States has the power to appoint federal judges that may completely change the second amendment and threaten gun ownership.
- On June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller. In a 5-4 decision the Court upheld that the Second Amendment protects a right to possess firearms for individuals, and not just a right to have them as part of a militia or the National Guard. The Court also held that the Second Amendment is not meant to protect a “state’s right” to maintain a militia or National Guard.
- Put plainly, the Heller decision says that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess firearms for legal purposes, including sporting use and self-defense.
- In the majority opinion, the court clearly rejected the idea of a “collective
- The full impact of the Heller decision is still not known. States and cities with restrictive gun laws are now facing challenges to their specific laws and future court cases will continue to define how the Second Amendment protects individual rights and what types of gun laws will be allowed.
Our system of checks and balances is one of the things that makes the United States such a great country. But the judicial branch holds an increasing amount of power as lawsuits and Judicial Reviews shape the law of the land.
Hunters, anglers, and shooters are no strangers to important judicial decisions that have shaped our sports. From wolf management to salmon protection, federal judges have great power in how we enjoy our sports, but where the U.S. Supreme Court can really change hunting and shooting is with the Second Amendment and gun issues.
With four of the nine Supreme Court justices being over the age of 70, President Obama could very well find himself appointing one or more new Supreme Court justices, which could have a huge impact on future decisions regarding our Second Amendment rights. In addition to the many levels of federal judges the president appoints, it’s important for all hunters, anglers, and shooters to understand the importance of the Supreme Court and all judicial appointments as they pertain to our sports.