Ruling Over Second Amendment: Also Applies to Illegal Immigrants

by Admin on August 31, 2015

According the Second Amendment of the United States, people living in the US illegally have the right to bear arms, however due to a separate law, they are also barred from doing so, reports Journal Times.

Image Credit: Emily Stanchfield (Flickr)
Image Credit: Emily Stanchfield (Flickr)

The US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals have issued a ruling in a case involving a Mexican man, Mariano Meza-Rodriguez, who arrived in the US illegally when he was four or five years old.

Now an adult, he was arrested following a bar fight in 2013, and police subsequently found a 22 caliber bullet in his shorts pocket.

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

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Under federal law, illegal immigrants are prohibited from possessing firearms. Meza-Rodriguez argued that under the second amendment, it was his constitutional right to have the weapon.

He was convicted of a felony and deported by Judge Rudolph Randa, who rejected Meza-Rodriguez’s claim, ruling that the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to those in the country illegally.

However, the 7th Circuit panel has ruled that the term “the people” in the Second Amendment also refers to those in the country illegally.

The ruling applies in Illinous, Indiana and Wisconsin, and conflicts with three other federal courts, who in recent years ruled that the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to those in the country illegally.

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