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U.S. v Emerson

Emerson Case Being Appealed to the Supreme Court!!!

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Full text of the Emerson 5th Circuit ruling:

Quotable, indeed.

“We reject the collective rights and sophisticated collective rights models for interpreting the Second Amendment. We hold, consistent with Miller, that it protects the right of individuals, including those not then actually a member of any militia or engaged in active military service or training, to privately possess and bear their own firearms...”

–– U.S. v Emerson
Fifth Circuit Court
October 16, 2001

On our website

Defense Fund $$ Needed for Emerson Appeal!!!


• Brady Slanders Emerson, Continues Promoting Lies
   by Angel Shamaya & Sean Oberle

• Anti-gun Group Applauds Their Own Defeat
   by Angel Shamaya


• A Big Win for the Insurrectionists
   by Attorney Robert B. Beauchamp

• On the Emerson Ruling
   by Attorney David T. Hardy

• U.S. v. Emerson Ruling Is In:  Celebrate -- With Reservations
   by John G. Lankford, J.D.

• About the Emerson Ruling
John Merrett, Attorney

• How much I love the United States v. Emerson decision
Ray Pittman, Attorney


• Quotes from the Emerson ruling

• Origins of "The Origins of the Second Amendment"
   by Michael V. Pelletier

• A Case of the Missing "Shall Not Infringe"
   by Gary Marbut Montana Shooting Sports Association

• Emerson Bear -- a cartoon
   by Scott Bieser

• CCRKBA Press Release on Emerson Ruling

• SAF Press Release on Emerson Ruling

On Other Websites

• The actual text of the Emerson ruling
   (Also archived On Our Site if they move their copy)

• Second Amendment Foundation's Emerson files

Media Coverage

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Archived Version

• Reason Magazine (10/23/2001)
• Baltimore Sun (10/23/2001) Balt. Sun
• New York Post (10/22/2001) NY Post
• (10/22/2001)
• Tampa Tribune (10/22/2001) Tamp. Trib.
• Austin American Statesman (10/22/01) Austin RANT!
• U.S. News (10/19/01) US News
• FOX News (10/17/01) FOX
• Washington Post (10/17/01) WA Post
• Washington Times (10/18/01) WA Times
• Los Angeles Times (10/17/01) LA Times
• New York Times (10/17/01) NY Times
• Associated Press (10/17/01) AP story
• National Review (10/18/01) NRO
• Houston Chronicle (10/17/2001) Houston
• WSJ's Best of the Web (10/17/01) WSJ
• Neal Knox (10/17/01) Knox
• World Net Daily (10/17/01) WND
• NRA (10/17/01) NRA
• Dallas Morning News (10/16/2001) Dallas
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