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Professor Michael Curtis quoted in the High Point Enterprise about stricter gun regulations would face hurdles

Any political effort that might gain steam to restrict the sale of firearms and ammunition in the aftermath of the massacre of moviegoers at a suburban Denver theater eventually would run up against the legal reality of two U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the Second Amendment.

Issues of gun sales, especially assault rifles and large amounts of ammunition, have come into the forefront since a single gunman entered an Aurora, Colo., theater shortly after midnight Friday and began firing indiscriminately at men, women and children. James Eagan Holmes, 24, appeared in court for the first time Monday in Arapahoe County, Colo., on charges of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others during the assault at a premier showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Initial press reports indicate that Holmes, who previously had no criminal record, legally purchased four weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition either in person or through the Internet.

Even if a politically controversial measure to restrict assault weapon sales or limit the amount of ammunition that can be sold to one buyer makes headway, it would confront the historic rulings the Supreme Court issued in 2008 and 2010 that said Americans have the individual right to buy firearms.

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