Wyatt Earp enforced an ordinance that prohibited people from carrying a gun into town.

Wyatt Earp enforced an ordinance that prohibited people from carrying a gun into town. Why wasn't this considered a violation of the 2nd amendment?

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  1. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    the 2nd Amendment was meant as a restriction on the Federal government not the states many of which did have gun laws of various kinds in those days.

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Does that mean a state like California or New York can ban guns if they wanted to?

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        This makes no sense. Does this mean that the states can put people in jail for wrongspeak, or legalize slavery, or prevent women from voting? Get the frick out of here.

        no because those have constitutional amendments protecting them

        constitutionbros... is this true?

        The 14th amendment is now interpreted as extending the bill of rights to the state level. Back then it was more narrowly interpreted.

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          it was designed to at least partially incorporate the first eight amendments onto the states

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          the 14th amendment isn't even real, it doesn't do anything

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          Differing interpretations like
          said. Also, firearms laws in those days were less “you WILL zurrender ze virearm” and more “don’t shoot into the air for no reason or negligently discharge the firearm that you are carrying.

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      This makes no sense. Does this mean that the states can put people in jail for wrongspeak, or legalize slavery, or prevent women from voting? Get the frick out of here.

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        no because those have constitutional amendments protecting them

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous

          But the 2nd amendment is an amendment?

        • 2 years ago
          Anonymous
      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        >This makes no sense. Does this mean that the states can put people in jail for wrongspeak, or legalize slavery, or prevent women from voting? Get the frick out of here.
        Originally they could, and some states did those things, but not now because of the 14th amendment and the incorporation doctrine. If your state constitution didn't protect those rights then you were not protected in those days.

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        Pretty much, yeah. The entire bill of rights being extended to all citizens and preventing state and local governments from infringing on those rights is a modern thing. Back in ye olden days it was literally just a list of shit the FEDERAL government wasn't allowed to do.
        Keep in mind that individuals didn't even pay federal taxes (except in certain circumstances) for the first 150~ years of the nation's history.

  2. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    oof

  3. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    No one in the federal government particularly cared to send troops in to force a sheriff in some backwater silver mining town to properly follow constitutional law

    • 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      constitutionbros... is this true?

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        You type like a two timing varmint and you post anime like one of them Jenkins boys

        You're coming with me to the Sheriff's cell.

      • 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        no he is an idiot

  4. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    There were no Federal gun control laws until FDR illegally banned machine guns.

  5. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Idk

  6. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Most towns in the old American West required transients to turn in their firearms within most private/public establishments. The image of a bunch of rugged grifters sitting in a saloon with trembling hands above their holsters is a Hollywood invention.

  7. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    The Bill of Rights originally only applied to the Federal Government. Local governments could trample all over it if they wanted to.

  8. 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    to my knowledge, he did, then the government told him he wasn't allowed to do that.

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