Ok so I have not read the opinion yet, but the court struck down the washington DC handgun ban. Now, the second amendment is officially an individual right! Federalism under this court confuses the hell out of me. When the ADA is at issue, states win (federal law loses and states are free to discriminate based on disability). When guns are involved, federalism means that the states cannot regulate guns (federal law wins). When marijuana is involved federalism means that federal law governs (no medical marijuana for you California!). As someone who holds dear civil rights I’d like to be able to embrace the court’s willingness to recognize individual rights but they only seem interested in doing so some of the time.
Here is the opinion (opens as a PDF from the SCOTUS website) – we should actually read it and discuss, but I was jsut thinking that maybe Kennedy was going to get this right given his recent excellent decisions on the death penalty.