Friday, January 23, 2015
7th Circuit to Weigh in on Assault Weapons Ban
"What if somebody decides to possess a bazooka?" "It'd fall into a longstanding prohibition," Vogts replied. "No, there's no such prohibition; they were only invented recently. It was once perfectly legal to own automatic weapons like Tommy guns." "But that dates back 80 years ago." Easterbrook was not convinced. "Yes," he said, "but the Second Amendment dates back to the 18th century. Why does that matter? I don't see how you can say fully automatic weapons are okay to ban because some states banned them in the 1950s. How is it rational to distinguish a ban laid down 150 years after the Second Amendment from one laid down 200 years after?"