If you wanted a reminder that the Bruen decision was a landmark case in the fight for the 2nd Amendment, well we’re happy to share this one with you.
The US District Court of Massachusetts had found that a MA state law permanently barring gun ownership for people convicted of gun-related misdemeanors constitutional in Morin v. Lyver. The case in question involved a MA resident who, believing his MA carry permit to be valid in Washington DC, tried to comply with a “no guns” sign at the American Museum of Natural History by asking if they could check it for him. His non-violent misdemeanor conviction of carrying unlawfully, under the MA law in question, barred him from handgun ownership forever.
While the District Court found that the ban was constitutional, when presented with the case, SCOTUS dissented, and is requiring they re-hear the case with the text of the second amendment, and the historical context of American firearms regulation in mind. If, given those considerations, the MA does not pass constitutional muster, then the Bruen standard demands it be struck down.
While it will take some time for this, and the other major cases SCOTUS has sent back to lower courts this year to move their way through the justice system, it’s a welcome sign that these cases are both getting heard, and being decided based on the text, historical context, and original intent of, the 2nd Amendment and its authors.
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