Sunday, April 16, 2006

...appropriate to that purpose...

"Were the Second Amendment a mere federalism, (State's rights'), provision, as it is not, it would assuredly appear in a place appropriate to that purpose, (i.e., not in the same list with First through Eighth Amendments, but nearby the Tenth Amendment), and it would doubtless reflect the same federalism style as the Tenth.... Instead, it is cast in terms that track the provisions of the neighboring personal rights guarantees of the Bill of Rights...."

- William Van Alstyne
, Perkins Professor of Law, Duke Univ.,

The Second Amendment, 43 Duke L.J. 1236, 1243 (1994)


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