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Response to X_Digger (Reply #22)

Sun Mar 18, 2012, 09:41 PM

27. It just strikes me as a little odd

that under your interpretation, the entire first part "A well regulated militia being necessary..." is pure surplussage. The Framers could have saved themselves a lot of trouble and ink by merely stating that 'the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed', as they did in the other nine amendments part of the Bill of Rights. What purpose did the Framers have in mind in adding those "useless" words?

The fact that different State Constitutions have gone further isn't new or terribly illuminating - the entire principle is that a State cannot make a law that is more restrictive of rights than the Constiution, but a State may (and many have) make a right broader than that set forth in the Constitution.

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