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    KOPEL: Sotomayor targets guns now

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  • Not only did Justice Stephen G. Breyer vote against extending the Second Amendment to state and local governments, he also argued forcefully and at length for overturning Heller and, therefore, for turning the Second Amendment into a practical nullity.

    KOPEL: Sotomayor targets guns now →

  • Justice Stephen G. Breyer wrote the court's opinion.

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