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Rep. Kind Statement on Supreme Court Decision Regarding Individual Gun Rights

June 26, 2008
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, today made the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision declaring for the first time in history that the Constitution protects an individual’s right to have a gun, not simply the right of states to maintain militias:

“As co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, I have long been a supporter of individual gun rights for law-abiding citizens. The goal has always been to balance our constitutional rights with public safety. I believe the Court’s historic decision today shows that the DC handgun ban simply went too far. The decision strikes the right balance – it upholds an individual’s undeniable right to own a gun for self-defense or hunting purposes, while providing for reasonable restrictions in the interest of protecting the public – such as prohibiting guns in school zones, or preventing felons or the mentally ill from owning a gun.

“I applaud the Court for this commonsense decision that shows that individual gun rights and reasonable restrictions can go hand in hand.”