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Is Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Ruling Helpful For Second Amendment?

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 Jul 2015 03:36 PM

A growing number of Second Amendment advocates think the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage could be a good thing for gun owners.

According to The Washington Times
, some feel the 14th Amendment protections cited by the court in its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which ended state bans on gay marriage, might lead to states that do not allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons to do so.

The NRA, however, issued a statement over the weekend that urged gun owners not to get too far ahead of themselves.

"We strongly advise concealed carry license holders not to assume Obergefell provides them with the legal basis they need to carry without an in-state license in strongly anti-gun states such as Maryland, New Jersey, or New York," the NRA said, reports the Times.

"This is so for a number of reasons, chief of which is that the U.S. Supreme Court has not yet ruled squarely on the question of whether the Second Amendment protects the right to carry a loaded handgun in public, and if it does, whether states must recognize each other's permits."

Bob Owens of BearingArms.com thinks there might be an argument to interpreting the ruling in favor of gun owners.

"Using the same 'due process clause' argument as the Supreme Court just applied to gay marriage, my concealed carry permit must now be recognized as valid in all 50 states and the District of Columbia," Owens wrote recently. "As of today, with this decision, it would seem that these states and the District must honor my concealed carry permit, or violate my constitutional rights under the 14th and Second Amendment."

A Breitbart story last month also made the argument hat the court's ruling could lead to softer gun laws.

Adam Winkler, a constitutional law scholar at UCLA, said he's not buying it.

"It's even hard for me to criticize the argument because it's so far fetched," he told the Times. "They are interpreting the Second and not the 14th Amendment. It's not like the logic or reasoning that the court is using would translate."

A recent story by former CIA Intelligence Officer D.W. Wilber on TownHall.com, meanwhile, thinks the court's decisions to legalize same-sex marriage and uphold the subsidies portion of Obamacare will lead to an assault on the Second Amendment.

"It seems to me that the two recent rulings by the Supreme Court have not only decided the two issues that were before them, but may very well have set the stage for an unprecedented coming gun-grab by the Obama Administration and the Democrats, and the potential loss of freedom for all Americans," Wilber wrote.

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