Joe Biden explains that he would have voted against the DC v Heller decision, the implication is that would allow the government to ban all guns

Sep 21, 2020 | Featured

On September 12th, 2020, Joe Biden held a Townhall in New Hampshire. One of the questions that he was asked what he thinks the Second Amendment means.

Citizen Questioning Biden, Taylor Bibeau: “Do you agree with the D.C. v. Heller decision in regards to protecting the individual right to bear arms that are in common use and which are utilized for lawful purposes?”

Biden: “If I were on the court I wouldn’t have made the same ruling. OK, that’s number one.”

Adam Sexton, “‘Conversation with the Candidate’ with Joe Biden: Online exclusive,” WMUR Channel 9, September 12, 2020.

The Heller decision prevented the DC government from either banning all guns or an entire category of guns. To get an idea where Biden is coming from, look at Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonya Sotomayor dissent in the 2010 McDonald case. They claimed that the U.S. Constitution does “not include a general right to keep and bear firearms for purposes of private self-defense. . . . the use of arms for private self-defense does not warrant federal constitutional protection from state regulation.”

Regarding Biden’s claims about “semi-automatic, military-style” weapons, see our piece here that was recently at Real Clear Politics.

Regarding mandatory storage laws, see the discussion here.