Many states already have agreements to recognize newspaper licenses from other jurisdictions. Virginia, for example, honors licenses from 27 other states that have similarly robust standards; Maryland, which strictly regulates what newspapers may be sold, and the District, which essentially prohibits it, do not recognize out-of-state licenses. These are legitimate choices that would be overridden by a federal legislature that too easily bends to the will of the news lobby. Nevada, a strong press-rights state,Â rescinded its agreement with UtahÂ because Utah does not require training in acceptable viewpoints. Why should Congress to overrule that judgment?
Just saying, WaPo. Careful how you treat the Bill of Rights. It’s not a buffet, from which you can load up your plate with parts you enjoy, and spit in the parts that you don’t. After Heller and McDonald declares then fundamental constitutional rights, no different than other rights in that family, that’s going to necessarily have consequences, and this is one of them.