Cases: Right to bear arms does not extend to illegal aliens

by James Norman in , , ,


US v. Carpio-Leon, 4th Cir., 12/14/2012

Upon being charged with possession of weapon while being illegally or unlawfully in the US, Mr. Carpio-Leon argued that the law was unconstitutional pursuant to the second amendment. 

The Court concluded that the Second Amendment does not provide protection to illegal aliens because they are not "law-abiding members of the political community."  Prohibiting illegal aliens, as a class, from possessing firearms is rationally related to Congress’ legitimate interest in public safety.