I mean, given that we’ve had Parker, and now a New Jersey court (frigging New Jersey!), saying the second amendment protects an individual right, the folks at the Brady Campaign and Violence Policy center have to be crapping in their pants.
UPDATE: The Brady’s seem to have noticed my fun at their expense, and commented that they aren’t really that worried:
Even the Parker decision â€” which is definitely regarded as out-of-step with precedent â€” allowed that â€œreasonable restrictionsâ€ would still be permitted under their new interpretation of the Second Amendment. So the things we actually advocate for (background checks, anti-trafficking laws, child-safety locks, law enforcement) arenâ€™t impacted by the Parker ruling.
They are right about Parker still leaving a lot wide open, but you have to admit, for pro-second amendment decisions to be coming out of New Jersey is pretty startling, even to me. I can’t imagine that if an individual rights view is ultimately upheld, it will make things easier for them.