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Jul 18, 2010 7:33 pm

The ACLU Defends Gun Rights....Yes, Really

For decades, civil libertarians associated with the ACLU have generally ignored the second amendment and/or claimed that that it is the only amendment in the Bill of Rights that fails to guarantee an individual right. This may be changing. In a major shift, at least one state ACLU chapter has embraced the individual rights approach with no ifs, ands, or buts.

The Florida ACLU is suing a local sheriff to get a citizen's gun returned.

Florida ACLU attorney Barry Butin observes matter-of-factly:"Under the Second Amendment, he has a right to have his guns in his house. He's not a convicted felon. It is unusual for the ACLU. But the ACLU supports all constitutional rights. We don't pick and choose."....

Hat Tip: Brian Doherty at Reason's Hit and Run.

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William J. Stepp - 7/18/2010

I note this is in the Florida office of the ACLU. I wonder what the ACLU home office (in the PRoNY?--pron. PRO-knee--boffins think? It would be good to be a fly on the wall there and listen to their conversations.