Washington resident Richard A. “Dick” Heller, whose Supreme Court case overturned the capital’s handgun ban, told Big League Politics he is uncomfortable with President Donald J. Trump pledging to revisit the gun laws debate.
Trump told reporters Tuesday morning before leaving the White House to visit Puerto Rico: “We’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by.”
Heller said he is uncomfortable with the president giving cover to opponents of gun rights and his willingness to open up what should be settled law.
“I am concerned that we are even having the conversation,” he said. “That’s what upsets me.”
It would have been better if Trump had dismissed any discussion of gun laws out of hand, he said. “That would have been nice—the Second Amendment means what it says.”
The 2008 Heller Decision was the first gun rights ruling by the Supreme Court in more than 70 years and the case ushered in the current era of states and the federal government restoring gun rights. When Heller filed his petition in 2003, he was a special police officer guarding the Supreme Court.
Every day at the end of his shift, the Army veteran of the 101st Airborne Division had to turn in his handgun to the high court’s armory before riding his bike or walking through his deteriorating neighborhood in Southeast.
Despite his landmark legal victory, Heller still is not allowed carry his handgun outside his home, so he is continuing to press for gun rights in the District of Columbia and across the country.
Heller said he is not ready to panic about the president supporting restrictions on gun rights, yet.
“To have any concern there is to agree that if you disarm the people, crime goes down,” he said. “AS long as the theorem of more guns, less crime holds, I am not too concerned about it.
“He makes his own decisions based not on his own needs or feelings, but on the needs of America,” he said. “That’s a good thing.”
Heller said he is also heartened by the two powerful allies close to the president, his sons Donald Jr. and Eric. “His sons and he—all three of them are all avid hunters, so I don’t think we’re in danger there.”
Florida Sheriff Will Deputize Gun Owners if Rioters “Overwhelm” County
He’s not messing around.
A Florida sheriff is pledging to deputize law-abiding gun owners within his county if left-wing rioters “overwhelm” law enforcement.
Darryl Daniels, Clay County Sheriff, made the pledge in a video released on Tuesday morning. He also slammed misinformation and hysteria advanced by the mainstream media, inciting against law enforcement and covering up the criminal activities of lawless rioters.
“If we can’t handle you, I’ll exercise the power and authority as the sheriff, and I’ll make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county and I’ll deputize them for this one purpose to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility,” warned Sheriff Daniels.
The sheriff issued a direct warning to ANTIFA criminals and left-wing rioters hoping to replicate a model of destruction, violence and criminal activity in his jurisdiction, a county just south of Jacksonville.
“If you threaten to come to Clay County… And think for one second that we’ll bend our backs for you- you’re sadly mistaken. I know what happens when lawlessness prevails… If we can’t handle you, you know what I’ll do? I will exercise the power and authority of the sheriff, and I will make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this country… to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility.”
Daniels has served 29 years in law enforcement, previously serving in the U.S. Navy.
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