Second Amendment on the streets

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Members of the Bitterroot group Celebrating Conservatism hosted a roadside rally in Hamilton yesterday opposing restrictive gun control measures in the U.S. Those gathered reportedly carried a variety of guns, including a semi-automatic rifle held by prominent group member Duane Sipe.

Ravalli Republic reporter Sepp Jannotta did a great job of highlighting the fact that there's no grand federal scheme at present to limit Second Amendment rights. The rally coincided with a full-page advertisement in the Republic listing signatures of local residents supporting "Celebration of Right to Bear Arms Week." Jannotta quotes Celebrating Conservatism founder Mona Docteur as saying the message that people are within their rights to resist, even overthrow, unjust government should be understood by everyone.

The rally came just one day after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in McDonald v. Chicago, a case that questions whether the federally granted right to bear arms applies at state and local levels. A Supreme Court majority—the same five justices who two years ago ruled that gun control laws in Washington, D.C. should not inhibit Second Amendment rights—appears ready to incorporate the Second Amendment in state and city governments.

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