Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens calls for repeal of Second Amendment
is calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment to allow for significant gun control legislation.
The 97-year-old Stevens wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times on Tuesday that a repeal would weaken the ability to "block constructive gun control legislation" and be a more "effective and more lasting reform."
In his essay, the former justice embraced legislation that would, increase the minimum age for buying a gun from 18 to 21 years old and establishing a "more comprehensive"
Stevens was on the losing end of a 2008 ruling in which the high court held that the Second Amendment gives individuals the right to own a gun for self-defense. He had previously called for changing the Second Amendment to permit gun control.
Stevens said the decision in that case, District of Columbia v. Heller, "has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power." Stevens retired from the court in 2010, after more than 35 years.
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