– On Handguns and the Constitution – On Handguns and the Constitution.

Since 1975, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has favored handgun control. In fact, the 1975 USCCB statement called for "truly comprehensive control," and it endorsed several interim steps to regulate the use and sale of handguns, including: a cooling off period before a sale; a ban on "Saturday Night Specials"; registration of guns; licensing of owners; and better enforcement of laws relating to manufacture, importation, and sale of handguns. In 1995, the USCCB wrote of intensifying "our advocacy for national policies that address violence, including . . . the availability of drugs and dangerous weapons." Despite the stand of the bishops, all five of the votes in the McDonald majority came from Catholic justices: Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito. The sixth Catholic justice, Sotomayor, voted with the dissent. In light of the teaching by the bishops, one has to wonder about the impact of the McDonald decision.

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