Mr44 I had a feeling it was Daley being Daley, and I agree with your analysis. KK As I?m sure you know, I?m not arguing for a ban. In fact, I think we agree except on open-carry, and even on that I think there can be open-carry in certain situations. Justice Scalia, writing for the majority, wrote (emphasis mine): "In sum, we hold that the District's ban on handgun possession in the home violates the Second Amendment, as does its prohibition against rendering any lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense ..."[l]ike most rights, the Second Amendment is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose." The Court's opinion, although refraining from an exhaustive analysis of the full scope of the right, "should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms." So far as I can tell, and I?ll admit I did a quick search, there is nothing specific about open-carry. The logic is very simple and straightforward (and has been upheld by several state courts). It is the right to keep and bear arms. Bearing arms includes the ability to carry them with you. As it is a right, and not a privilege, it does not require prior government permission in the form of a permit. Again, this is not nor has it ever been absolute. Here in Cali, open-carry of a loaded weapon is basically prohibited unless licensed by the Police Chief/Sherrif. Concealed carry is more obtainable, but still quite restricted. So far as I know, these laws have never been challenged nor overturned by the state courts out here. You don't need a permit in order to publish a newspaper or to petition the government. You don't need a permit to practice your religion or express your views. These are fundamental rights. The same would logically hold true for other fundamental rights such as the right to bear arms. Again, none of these are absolute. One can?t build a church wherever they want, nor can they protest whenever or wherever they want. I agree though, regarding ?reasonable regulations?, obviously we disagree as to what those regulations should be. I am fine with open-carry when going hunting, or even hiking. Here in Cali, one can encounter a coyote, or even a mountain lion. Otherwise, I agree with the SC that it is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.