For Immediate Release
June 22, 2006 12:19:00 PM
Contact: Hugh Newton
Washington, D.C. – June 22, 2006 – U.S. Newswire – The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) filed a brief amicus curiae on Friday, June 16 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in support of the plaintiffs in the case of Shelly Parker et al. v. District of Columbia.
This is a potential landmark case where the plaintiffs are asking the Court to recognize that the Second Amendment does, indeed, establish a right of individual citizens to keep and bear arms.
The ACRU brief states, "Thorough analysis of the text (of the Second Amendment) shows that such a right is stated in plain English, is consistently supported by volumes of historical authorities, and no other alternative interpretation of the Amendment is logically coherent."
The brief also states, "The courts cannot treat the Second Amendment as a politically incorrect, disfavored stepchild of the Bill of Rights. Fidelity to the Constitution requires that the Judiciary give it the same zealous protection as every other right stated in our founding document."
The brief notes as well that both Congress and the Executive Branch, representing the President, have recognized that the Second Amendment does, indeed, establish an individual right to keep and bear arms.