John Paul Stevens on Gun Control
Supreme Court Justice (nominated by Pres. Ford 1975)
Stevens called for a repeal of the Second Amendment to the Constitution in order to weaken the National Rifle Association's ability to "stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation."
"Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated," Stevens wrote. "These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society."
Stevens argues that a 2008 Supreme Court ruling, District of Columbia v. Heller, was wrongly decided, and "has provided the NRA with a propaganda weapon of immense power."
Overturning DC's handgun ban, the court ruled that the Second Amendment protects the individual right to own a gun for private use--not only in connection with service in a militia. The 5-to-4 decision, District of Columbia v. Heller, left unanswered questions, but also much room for continued gun regulation, short of an absolute ban.
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Anthony Kennedy(since 1988)
John Roberts(since 2005)
Sonia Sotomayor(since 2009)
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Merrick Garland(nominated 2016)
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