Constitutional Rights

Government can be freedom’s best friend when it protects citizens’ constitutional rights. Here’s how the Goldwater Institute is ensuring your rights are protected.

<p>Government can be freedom’s best friend when it protects citizens’ constitutional rights. Here’s how the Goldwater Institute is ensuring your rights are protected. </p>

PHOENIX – In its 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that individual gun ownership is a basic right guaranteed to Americans by the U.S. Constitution.

For decades, debate has raged over whether the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the individual right to keep and bear arms. In its landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right. Many assumed that lower courts would take the next logical step of “incorporation”—recognizing that the right to keep and bear arms, like the right to free speech, is among the fundamental liberties the Fourteenth Amendment protects against contrary state and local laws. But so far, two of the three federal courts of appeals considering Second Amendment cases have refused to apply it to the states. The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Seventh Circuits claim that their hands are tied by century-old Supreme Court decisions—specifically, United States v. Cruikshank (1876), Presser v. Illinois (1886), and Miller v. Texas (1894)—that did not expressly apply the Second Amendment to the states.

Phoenix—Today the Goldwater Institute commended the Tempe City Council for steps it took last night to make significant changes to its deal financially supporting the Sea Life Aquarium but said questions remain about the new contract.

The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias appeared on KTVK Channel 3 to discuss whether the census really keeps your information private.

Before sitting down for a panel discussion on current events at the Goldwater Institute annual dinner, columnist Mark Steyn, and National Review's Jonah Goldberg and Jay Nordlinger sat down with KKNT's James Allen for a roundtable interview.

Executive Summary

The annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card considers how well Arizona legislators are fulfilling their constitutional obligation to uphold liberty. The report scores legislators on 305 votes across four categories: education, constitutional government, regulation, and tax and budget. The primary criterion is whether a vote for or against each bill expands or restricts liberty.

The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias went on KFYI shortly after Constitution Day to talk about what powers a sitting president has and does not have under our Constitution.

Listen to the first hour here

Listen to the second hour here

Speakers at the first meeting of the Scottsdale Charter Review Task Force urged members to consider changes that would limit the scope of local government and protect private property rights.

Phoenix—The Goldwater Institute has been selected by the Arizona Capitol Times as the “Leader of the Year” in policy development. The Institute was among multiple nominees in the policy development category, and was selected for the honor by the Arizona Capitol Times management.

The Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick went live on Channel 3 to talk about why Sonia Sotomayor should be confirmed, even though she is a liberal judge.

 

 

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