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    Right to Bear Arms Not a Partisan Issue

    As the two videos below show, one from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Tex.) and another from Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), leaders in both parties share the belief the Constitution’s Second Amendment is an individual right of all Americans unconnected with service in a militia. Today’s Supreme Court decision affirming this … More

    Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Individual Right to Bear Arms

    In a landmark opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the right to keep and bear arms, recognized in the Second Amendment, is an individual right of all Americans unconnected with service in a militia. (Read the decision.) Americans may use arms like handguns for traditionally … More

    Supreme Court Backs Rights for Guantanamo Detainees

    In a controversial 5-4 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the petitioners detained in Guantanamo Bay have the constitutional privilege of habeas corpus. The court also determined that the Detainee Treatment Act’s procedures for reviewing the detainees’ status was not an adequate and … More

    Is the New York Times Familiar with Legal History at All?

    In their editorial today celebrating Barack Obama’s victory of Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, the New York Times attacks John McCain and his promise to appoint conservative judges to the bench. They write: Mr. McCain predictably criticized liberal judges, vowed strict adherence to the Founders’ views and promised to … More

    Days Appear Numbered for D.C. Gun Ban

    If today’s oral arguments in the D.C. gun ban case are any indication, the nation’s most restrictive gun-control law could soon be ruled unconstitutional. Today’s hearing before the Supreme Court revealed that Justice Anthony Kennedy is far more inclined to support an individual right to keep and bear arms than … More

    Morning Bell: The Right to Self-Defense

    Since the District of Columbia first instituted its ban on handguns, there has been only one year (1985) that the homicide rate in the city fell below what it was in 1976. Worse, in 15 of the 29 years since the ban went into effect, D.C. had either the first … More

    Senator Tester Backs Individual Right to Bear Arms

    In anticipation of the Match 18 oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on the D.C. v. Heller gun-ban case, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) told an audience at The Heritage Foundation that the Second Amendment is as plainly an individual right as the right to free speech, religion and assembly: … More

    Super Tuesday Special: What Issues Are Important?

    Super Tuesday is on the horizon and Heritage’s Brian Darling takes a look at the big issues at stake as voters head to the polls in 24 states tomorrow. Citing a recent National Review Online piece by Mike Franc, Darling says conservatives should elevate a few issues above the others: … More

    An Odd Argument on the Death Penalty

    Jon Yorke, a British law lecturer who has written widely on the U.S. death penalty, argues that the law’s focus on the actual act’s pain (Baze v. Rees, presently pending in the Supreme Court, asks how courts should consider the risk of pain during execution) may be misplaced: While hypoxia … More