LaPierre may also be contemplating the future of the gun debate now that handgun bans are â€œoff the table,â€ in the words of theÂ Heller majority opinion. How long will the NRAâ€™s leadership be able to argue, with anything approaching a straight face, that the Second Amendment precludes gun regulations like background checks, limits on large-volume sales, safe storage requirements, assault weapon bans, owner licensing, and registration of gun sales, when bothÂ Heller andÂ McDonald read like legal briefs for the constitutionality of those laws? And, more importantly, how long will the NRAâ€™s leadership be successful in using its legendary scare tactics to convince gun owners to oppose every gun regulation as a step down the â€œslippery slopeâ€ to a gun ban, whenÂ Heller andÂ McDonald have taken gun bans â€œoff the tableâ€?
Wayne’s really scared, you see. The gig’s about to be up. This was a secret plan to win it all on the part of the Bradys all along! Â I am the Great Oz! Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. But how is the Brady Campaign going to keep raising money based on an end product they can no longer deliver? How many people are going to give to close the gun show loophole? How many people even understand it?Â No, the fight isn’t over. Not by a long shot. I don’t know anyone at NRA who believes that, or is worried about too many people without enough to do. But let’s go down the list anyway:
“like background checks”
No one, to my knowledge has made that argument yet. But what if the system goes down for a few days? For those two days, the Second Amendment is cancelled? I that case it defaults to the Brady waiting period. But is a waiting period unconstitutional? Can you delay exercise of a constitutional right? If so, by how much? The Supreme Court in Casey upheld a waiting period for abortions of twenty-four hours, but rejected a forty-eight hour period.
“limits on large-volume sales”
What other constitutional right can you ration? If you want to buy a gun for your vacation home, and a gun for your regular home, and of course we don’t have carry, because the Bradys tell us a ban on that is constitutional, so you can have your Second Amendment rights at your home, but not your vacation home, unless you wait a month?
“safe storage requirements”
Already largely thrown out in Heller because it substantially burdens self-defense with a firearm.
“assault weapon bans”
Assault weapons are in common use, and used for lawful purposes. They are useful for self-defense, otherwise the police would not use them.
“owner licensing, and registration of gun sales”
The only other fundamental right that’s licensed is marriage. There are some rights you have to register to exercise. This one they might have the strongest case on. But it’s not open and shut, like they make it out to be. There’s ample reasons with other rights why you can’t be required to get a license or register. This is one area that’s probably smarter to fight in the political arena rather than the Courts.