26 February 2008

Montanans Say If Heller and 2A Lose, U.S. Will Have A Problem

"Montana officials are warning that if the Supreme Court rules in the D.C. gun ban case that the right to keep and bear arms protects only state-run militias like the National Guard, then the federal government will have breached Montana's statehood contract. Nobody is raising flags for the Republic of Montana, but nobody is kidding, either."

The dispute goes back more than a century. Back in 1889, the settlers of the Montana territory struck a deal with the federal government: They agreed to join the union, and the federal government agreed that individuals had the right to bear arms.
Firearms rights advocate Dave Kopel, takes exception, though, saying that he can find no wording in the compact signed with the then U.S. government that specifically states that the agreement is contingent upon a right to keep and bear arms guarantee for state residents.

The Washington Times has the full story.

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