The Drug Exception to the Second Amendment

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Although the Gun Control Act of 1968 nullified the Second Amendment rights of drug users and other broad categories of Americans, the NRA did not object. … The NRA has long supported more vigorous enforcement of the federal ban on gun ownership by ‘prohibited persons,’ including drug users and people convicted of drug felonies. … What does that position say about the NRA’s understanding of the Second Amendment? If trivial offenses such as pot smoking are enough to strip someone of the constitutional right to armed self-defense, that right is subject to legislators’ whims, a proposition that the NRA passionately rejects in other contexts.” (03/12/23)