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on the Second Amendment and the
need to train citizens to shoot, as the
NRA long advocated.
A New York court held in 1958
that the Sullivan Law did not
restrict rifles because of the Second
Amendment and the Civil Rights
Law. Fast forward to 1991, when
New York City banned " assault
weapons " like the M1 Garand. In
Richmond Boro Gun Club v. City
of NY, an NRA-supported challenge,
the City admitted that banned rifles
had not been used in crime in the
City. That made no difference to the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second
Circuit in upholding the ban.
The NRA supported a challenge to
NY State's " SAFE Act " in NY State Rifle
& Pistol Ass'n v. Cuomo, relying on the
Heller decision holding that the Second Amendment protects firearms
in common use. In 2015, the Second
Circuit upheld the ban without a word
about why these rifles presented any
more danger than others.
That brings us to NYSRPA v. City of
N.Y., another NRA-supported case, in
which the Second Circuit upheld the
City's ban on transporting a handgun away from home. The right to
bear arms was trumped by speculation about possible road rage. When
the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to
hear the case, the City made a stingy
amendment to the law, inducing the
Court to then decline the case.
For decades, the NRA has fought
New York diktats tooth-and-nail,
always against anti-Second Amendment courts. But, as a result of President Donald J. Trump's judicial
appointments, the Second Circuit
has been flipped to a majority of
Republican-appointed judges. And
the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court fuels
hope that the Second Amendment
might not continue being treated as a
second-class right, even in New York.
Attorney Stephen Halbrook has won
gun cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, is
a senior fellow with the Independent
Institute and is author of The Founders' Second Amendment and Gun
Control in Nazi-Occupied France.
Photo: Paul A. Hebert / AP

Ben Affleck is Embarrassed By What?
By Garrett O'Leary, Assistant Editor

When speaking about the filming
of the 1993 cult-classic " Dazed and
Confused, " the actor Ben Affleck told
Vanity Fair the cast frequented gun
ranges-something the actor said was
" fun and innocent at the time, " but is
now " uncomfortable to remember. "
" Part of the newfound freedom
being down there [in Texas] was a
bunch of us bought guns and went
shooting at ranges on weekends,
which seemed fun and innocent at
the time, but given the subsequent
tragedies with young people and
guns, it makes me uncomfortable to
remember, " Affleck said.
Such marks the latest evolution
of Affleck's social conformity to the
Hollywood crowd. He doesn't seem
to know, despite his experience, that
every day on ranges across America,
millions of people safely practice and
exercise their right to bear arms; in
fact, it's unclear what makes Affleck
" uncomfortable " about this. Unfortunately, some violent criminals prey
on others. This is an age-old fact. It is
why good citizens have always looked
to tools to protect themselves-guns,
in these citizens' hands, are tools that
make us freer and safer.
For example, two armed citizens,
Stephen Willeford and Jack Wilson,
did just that-in Texas-in recent

memory. Both trained extensively
at ranges for the moments in which
they had to confront evil.
Interestingly, in 2012, Affleck
told The Hollywood Reporter that he
went skeet shooting and owned several guns. He said he embraced gun
ownership after his ex-wife faced a
stalker. " It gave me a stronger sense
of feeling protective about my family. There's a lot of crazy, weird people out there. It's an ugly world, " said
Affleck to The Hollywood Reporter.
Perhaps, after years of being protected by others, as A-list actors are,
he has now lost touch with the common-person's need for their Second
Amendment rights.

IN THE COURTS

18-to-20-Year-Olds Have Constitutional Rights, Too
In 2018, Washington State voters passed I-1639, which banned the sale of
semi-automatic rifles to 18-to-20-year-old adults-the initiative even bans
transfers through Federal Firearms Licensees to buyers in other states. So,
18-to-20-year-olds from Washington State can join the military and go to
war, but when they come home, they can't buy a semi-automatic rifle.
In response, the NRA and Second Amendment Foundation joined forces to
challenge the law in 2018. A court rejected Washington's motion to dismiss the
lawsuit in 2019, allowing the case to proceed. But the court ultimately upheld
I-1639 in August 2020. Now the NRA has appealed that decision to the Ninth
Circuit. " Young adults cannot be excluded from the protections of any enumerated right, including the Second Amendment, " the brief argues. " There is
no historical precedent for depriving young adults of the ability to purchase
semi-automatic rifles. " The brief further argues that I-1639 violates the commerce clause of the Constitution because Washington does not have " any legitimate state interest " in regulating the sale of firearms outside of the state.
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