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McDonald v. City of Chicago

The Second Amendment and the privileges or immunities clause.

5:30 PM, Mar 4, 2010 • By ADAM J. WHITE
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The danger in this expansive interpretation [of Privileges or Immunities], however, is the often-made observation that the [clause] may be something like a dormant volcano.  For well over a hundred years the clause has remained in the background of the constitutional landscape.  A dormant volcano may not be very exciting, but once it erupts the excitedment may prove a bit much.  Its course of eruption would be both difficult to predict and contain.

Fortunately, the Supreme Court appears wholly uninterested in stoking this dormant volcano.  Some academic theories are best left in the law reviews, where the worst damage they can do is earn more professors tenure.

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