U.S. Supreme Court Sends Strong Message To MA Supreme Judicial Court: "stop restricting freedom"
The Supreme Court’s Eight Gun Salute
A unanimous rebuke to legal resistance to the right to bear arms.
The Supreme Court decides many cases unanimously, but not often regarding the Second Amendment. That rare occasion happened Monday when the eight sitting Justices threw out a Massachusetts ruling that the right of individuals to bear arms doesn’t include stun guns.
Jaime Caetano began carrying a stun gun as protection against an abusive ex-boyfriend who remained a threat despite restraining orders (Caetano v. Massachusetts). When officers found her stun gun during a search, she was arrested and convicted for possessing an unlawful weapon. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld her conviction on grounds that stun guns are “not the type of weapon that is eligible for Second Amendment protection” because they weren’t around when the Second Amendment was written.