The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution provides:
…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
But who are “the people?” Does that include everyone, even illegal aliens? Nope, says the 5th Circuit.
In a recent case, the Appellant argued that his conviction for being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(5) violated the Second Amendment. The court held that “the people” referenced in the Second Amendment does not include aliens illegally in the United States. The court noted that the Constitution does not prohibit Congress from making laws that distinguish between citizens and aliens, and between lawful and illegal aliens, and as a result 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(5) is constitutional under the Second Amendment.
U.S. v. Portillo-Munoz, (5th Circuit) decided June 13, 2011. See the full opinion in United States v. Portillo-Munoz.
Read about a different case (with a different conclusion) in Breitbart’s article.