Justice Stephen Breyer: Second Amendment Not About Keeping a Gun by Your Bed

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During a re-broadcast interview with PBS’s Charlie Rose, Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said he believes the Second Amendment is a collective right rather than a “right for an individual to keep a gun next to his bed.” Breyer’s comments came after Rose asked him to comment on the Second Amendment. He said: In Article One of the Constitution, it gives to the Congress the power to call up and regulate state militias. There was a lot of concern—if you read the Federalist Papers, you’ll just get a feeling for it—there was a lot of concern and fear that Congress might do that and disband them.

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