Legal Misconception fixer for a misconception that is seemingly universal in the media:
The conservative justices have NOT ruled that semi-automatic weapons are protected by 2nd Amendment. They’ve ruled the OPPOSITE (Scalia Heller decision). They specifically said that semi-automatic weapons are NOT protected by the Second Amendment.
They only ruled that a D.C. statute that made it illegal to own a handgun to protect the home violated the 2nd Amendment. Scalia, in fact, went OUT OF HIS WAY to make it clear that conservative Supreme Court majority was NOT saying that ownership of semi-automatic weapons was protected by the 2nd Amendment.
If you are a member of the media (and some of you are), please note this. If you know members of the media, please share this with them.
I am fed up with hearing media figures getting this wrong.