Justice Clarence Thomas
Justice Clarence Thomas (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

In 2008, Thomas signed on to Justice Antonin Scalia’s landmark opinion holding that the Second Amendment protects the individual right to have firearms for self-defense. Supporters of gun rights believed that many gun regulations across the country would fall.

But lower courts, citing a part of the District of Columbia v. Heller decision that said that the “right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited,” allowed for some regulations.

In 2017 Thomas, joined by Justice Neil Gorsuch, dissented when the court declined to take up a case that might expand upon Heller. “I find it extremely improbable that the Framers understood the Second Amendment to protect little more than carrying a gun from the bedroom to the kitchen,” he wrote.

Thomas criticized what he called a “distressing trend: the treatment of the Second Amendment as a disfavored right.”

He noted at the time that the court had not heard argument in a Second Amendment case for seven years. “Since that time, we have heard argument in, for example, roughly 35 cases where the question presented turned on the meaning of the First Amendment and 25 cases that turned on the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. “

Last term, the court again passed over several Second Amendment cases, but on April 26, the justices — presumably because the conservatives thought they had five solid votes with the addition of Barrett — agreed to hear a case next term concerning a New York law that restricts an individual from carrying a concealed handgun in public.

“Few people realize how often Justice Thomas’ solo opinions eventually become majority opinions in the Supreme Court,” said David Kopel, a Second Amendment expert and professor at the University of Denver Law School. “For example, in the 1997 case Printz v. United States, Justice Thomas wrote a concurring opinion saying that some gun control laws might violate the Second Amendment , expressing his hope that the court would one day take a Second Amendment case.” Kopel noted that the court did just that eventually in Heller.

— Ariane de Vogue in Clarence Thomas awaits his chance to drive the conservative majority on abortion and guns

38 COMMENTS

  1. Good man who appears to have escaped the grasp of corruption that has hooked so many others. Long life and service too him.

      • Dont listen to him Jill. Now do you remember where we put the bone and string? I wanna play with my doggie.
        ” Its already around your neck honey, try not to get it wrapped around the tree this time. Our secret service gets a little concerned.”

  2. One of the very few who are completely immune to the corrosive atmosphere that hangs over DC rotting and corrupting lesser men and women.

  3. Violent protests break out in New York City after Middle East ceasefire, explosives pitched into crowd… Pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian protesters brawled in New York City’s Times Square on Thursday… During the chaos, two explosive devices were reportedly pitched into the crowd from a pickup truck in the Diamond District on 47th Street, the New York Police Department told Fox News…

    Don’t they have a ban on concealled carry of bombs in NYC?

    • Let’s see, wouldn’t have any problem with carrying a pair of Glock 20s in crossdraw chest holsters now, would he ??

    • They always have been. I suspect you might be old enough to remember how they tried to castigate him as a rapist when he was nominated for the court. They were gentle to Kavanaugh by comparison.

      Also, Thomas is an absolute unit and anyone interested in legal reading whatsoever should read his opinions, especially his dissents, because they are fire and he isn’t afraid to name names and call out BS.

  4. Clearly, he’s the best Justice to arrive on the court in last 50 years. The man knows and loves the Constitution. I’d rank Scalia a close second.

  5. Prior to his swearing in Jim Crow Gun Control joe and his democRat Party lynch mob slandered and libeled Clarance Thomas. The Rat Party also used the same despicable tactics to slander and libel POTUS DJT and another USSC nominee.
    Such demoCrap will never end when there is an article on how banks discriminate against the gun industry and instead of addressing descrimination you have clowns discussing bitcoins and other forms of currency. When such ignorance leaves discrimination unchecked it leads to more discrimination.

    • Debbie W.,

      “… instead of addressing descrimination you have clowns discussing bitcoins …”

      If you bothered to read the concerns about emerging alternate forms of payment, you would have seen that such emerging alternate forms of payment allow for discrimination on a wide scale which dwarfs anything the world has seen up to this point.

  6. Go figure: the 17 trillionth time that a Far Left Progressive attempts to portray someone as “stupid, crazy, and/or corrupt” in the desperate hope that the audience ignores the actual substance of that someone’s message.

    News Flash to you who call yourself eNd of WaTcH: every single person on this planet has serious character flaws. Rather than pointing out someone’s character flaws, try actually debating the substance of proposed ideas.

    • All they can do now is threaten.

      Manchin and the other one aren’t budging on giving them the 50 they need to do it on party lines…

      • I sincerely hope that you are right. I have this nightmare that Manchin becomes a republican and then Collins, Murkowski and Romney become dems out of spite.

        • Collins, Murkowski and Romney become dems out of spite.

          Technically they only need to make the formal declaration, they are aleady there otherwise…

  7. Hey, eNd Of SnAtCh, Anita Hill never claimed that there was a pube, sprinkled or otherwise, on her soda can. She claimed that Thomas said that there was a pube on HIS soda can. So try to keep your lies straight.

  8. Growing up poor in the South black or white. I’m sure Justice Thomas hunted so he and his family had something to eat. However when he saw burning crosses at a distance from where he lived. He knew that the Second Amendment had nothing to do with hunting.

    And I’m sure when Justice Thomas observed the government ordering the police to stand down. As organized mobs burned, looted, and murdered people. Just as he had seen these things happen when he was a child in the south. I sure he was reminded once again. That the second amendment has nothing to do with hunting.

  9. Many of you may be surprised who said the following:

    “Every abortion involves the extermination of a human life.” @Time stamp 1:16.23
    It was Camille Paglia. A Libertarian.

    Abortion and Guns. These two topics seem to get the most people spun up and excited. Well those interested can watch a video from 1997. This is back when I liked Libertarians a great deal. And I believed there was a time, a window of opportunity, in which conservatives and Libertarians could agree on many things. But they, Libertarians, have changed.

    College professor Camille Paglia. Angela Marie ‘Bay’ Buchanan campaign manager and sister to Patrick Buchanan. This atheist and Christian conservative agreed on a whole lot the important issues facing Americans. I saw this talk live back then on CSPAN. Camille Paglia believes the accusations made against the judge were made up feminist propaganda. And she didn’t like it.

    Their talk begins @ time stamp 1:02.08 hrs

  10. Thomas is 72 and the senior Associate Justice. I’m sure that his demise is being plotted as this is written.

  11. 1: Unsubstantiated hearsay
    2: The lefts current hero’s are a doddering septuagenarian, a group of house reps that hate their country, and a plethora of murderers, rapists, drug-dealers who have been shot or killed by police during the commission of dirt-bag activity. Quite the dicked-up pantheon really, glass houses and all that.

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