For all those "pragmatists" who whooped and hollered about Heller, Eric Holder said today it is no big deal. You're still going to get an AWB and federal seizure of control over all private transfers -- and it is all cool under Heller.
From the Empty Wheel blog:
Coburn: Heller. I believe SCOTUS got it right. Tell me where you sit today and with that thought what you would do with that.
Holder: Post-Heller the options we have in terms of regulating firearms has been narrowed. It has not been eliminated, but reasonable restrictions are still possible. The Heller decision has to be factored in now. I don't think we should turn away from discussions about who has guns and how they should be used. I think that we're in a different world.
Coburn: Do you agree that outside of sporting use there's a right to own a gun?
Holder: [a little surprised by the question] Post-Heller definitely. I agree with Obama closing gun show loophole, banning sale of cop-killer bullets. Those are the things we need to focus on.
Coburn: As AG will you make a commitment to defending Heller?
Coburn: Would you also do so if SCOTUS granted Cert for a case revisiting Heller.
Holder: I'm a lawyer who follows stare decisis. Ultimate arbiter has said what 2nd Amendment says. Heller is a significant opinion.
Coburn: Assault weapons? Whether or not you think that ban ought to be re-regulated.
Holder: I think making the assault weapons ban permanent would be permitted under Heller.
OK. Are we clear? Heller means exactly dick.
(Would someone better connected than I post this on AR15.com? I'm curious to know what THEY think of it.)