The Second Amendment: Do You Really Have a Personal Right to Bear Arms?

Partisanship aside, the greater part of that question was answered in 2008.

My Perspective, and Why

I was a former school teacher who, about a decade ago, executive produced a film about the Columbine High School tragedy. My reasons for getting involved in this film, with a company I used to co-own, are personal.

The U.S. Supreme Court

My political disclosures aside, once again the purpose of this article is to derive and share, in nonpartisan fashion, a better understanding of our oft-misunderstood Second Amendment.

Post-Heller

In 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of a responsible, law-abiding citizen to carry a firearm in public for purposes of self-defense (Peruta v. County of San Diego).

Conclusion

Those who argue that their “Second Amendment rights” would be violated if confronted with an increase in common sense gun laws nonetheless will not lose their guns ... unless they commit a crime. The Supreme Court has seen to that.

Joel Eisenberg is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and producer. The Oscar in the profile pic isn’t his but he’s scheming. WGA and Pen America member.

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