McDonald v. Chicago and the 2nd, Utah and Eminent Domain, and AG Holderby Phil on 03/2/2010
The Supreme Court is currently examining a case concerning four Chicago residents who are suing the city of Chicago over its ban on handgun possession. While I have links to this and other stories at News.TheRightSideOfLife.com, this one deserves a special mention for the case’s background: ChicagoGunCase.com.
So what’s important about this case for the rest of us? It has direct relation to what’s otherwise known as the “Incorporation” doctrine. That is, the question becomes: “Which part(s) of the Constitution’s Bill of Rights apply not only to the federal but also the State and/or local level(s)?” Should SCOTUS rule in favor of those who defend 2nd Amendment rights — as SCOTUSBlog analyzes — this would be the second time that the High Court would strike down lower Court rulings.
Then there’s the great State of Utah (reported by The Los Angeles Times, no less) whose House has passed a bill that would enabled the State to exercise eminent domain on certain segments of federalized land against the wishes of the federal government. And one of those has to do with oil and gas exploration. This move would surely ultimately end up in the Courts, exactly where many of us would love to see it go.
Also, speaking of States’ rights, the great State of Wyoming becomes the latest State to pass a version of the Firearms Freedom Act, the point of which is to “defy” federal gun laws for all weapons and ammunition that are produced intra-State (i.e.: within the bounds of the State). I have a link on my News page to TenthAmendmentCenter.com’s page tracking all States who have either introduced or passed similar bills. Once again, expect these legislative maneuvers to be litigated.
And the latest on the US DoJ, where the AG has appointed 9 Muslim terrorist-sympathizing attorneys, only two of whom he’s willing to discuss. As KeepAmericaSafe.com asks, “Who Are The Al Qaeda 7???”