Stevens claims those words are necessary in order to restore the Founding Fathers' original intent to firearms ownership, and to correct a series of Supreme Court rulings that misread and misinterpreted history and the law to produce an individual right
to gun ownership that does not exist.
In particular, he asks how the German theologian understood the concept of an individual right
and its immediate implication.
Heller, which recognized an individual right
to gun ownership in the Second Amendment, and McDonald v.
The Nevada chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has declared its support for interpreting the Second Amendment as an individual right
to keep and bear arms, a move putting them at odds with their national headquarters which is vehemently anti-gun and continues to hold the Second Amendment as a right of the government.
Constitution protects the individual right
of law-abiding Americans to "keep and bear arms.
Until recently, the scope of an individual right
to keep and bear arms was not an issue.
1999) (Article 36 of the Vienna Convention confers an individual right
and, therefore, a detained individual has standing to challenge a violation.
The Founding Fathers designed the right to keep and bear arms as an individual right
for law-abiding Americans," says Autumn Fogg, an NRA spokesperson.
This coincided with Enlightenment beliefs that pain was an assault on the individual right
to seek happiness.
Attorney General John Ashcroft has said, "Just as the First and Fourth Amendments secure individual rights
of speech and security respectively, the Second Amendment protects an individual right
to keep and bear arms.
Wade (1973), the Court expanded the individual right
to privacy to include the right to an abortion.
Halbrook is also the author of That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right, which makes the case that the Framers understood the Second Amendment as guaranteeing an individual right
to arms--a view that has attracted growing support among legal scholars in the last two decades.