Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 45918
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2018/07/22 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2007/3/9-12 [Science/Electric] UID:45918 Activity:nil
3/9     DC gun control struck down as unconstitutional by DC Circuit panel.
        Majority opinion holds that the 2nd amendment protects individual
        rights to hold arms, not simply collective militia rights
        \_ Leaving the definition of Arms still completely undefined.
           \_ Your rights related to the Bill of Rights should not be
              abridged for living in DC. Your rights as related to having
              representation should be, as DC is not a state.
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