Harry Reid may be the Senate's Democratic leader, but he also represents a Western state where voters tend to cherish their Second Amendment rights. And he's locked in a very difficult reelection fight. Which helps explain why his office was so quick to dispatch the following response to today's Supreme Court ruling restricting local gun control efforts:
“With today’s ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has helped ensure that the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans will be protected in all corners of our country. The right to bear arms is one of the essential freedoms on which our country was founded. I am pleased that the high court has taken steps in both the Heller and McDonald cases to guarantee this fundamental right. I supported individual gun rights in a bipartisan congressional amicus brief to the court, and I am glad they agreed with my position.”
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