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Former Supreme Court justice: Repeal the Second Amendment

Students rallied for gun control this past weekend. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Supporters of gun control “should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment,” former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says in a New York Times op-ed. Stevens authored an impassioned dissent from the Supreme Court's 2008 decision that affirmed an individual right to bear arms, and said in his op-ed that the court’s ruling “has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power.”

Between the lines: Since the 2008 ruling, the Supreme Court has allowed a series of state gun control laws to take effect, including assault-weapons bans passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. The court has declined to review lower court decisions upholding those laws — which isn’t quite the same as upholding them itself, but is still an indication that at least some limits on guns can survive, even with the Second Amendment intact.

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