"...The Territory being a part of the United States, the Government and the citizen both enter it under the authority of the Constitution, with their respective rights defined and marked out, and the Federal Government [Page 60 U. S. 450] can exercise no power over his person or property beyond what that instrument confers, nor lawfully deny any right which it has reserved.
"A reference to a few of the provisions of the Constitution will illustrate this proposition.
"For example, no one, we presume, will contend that Congress can make any law in a Territory respecting the establishment of religion, or the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people of the Territory peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for the redress of grievances.
"Nor can Congress deny to the people the right to keep and bear arms, nor the right to trial by jury, nor compel anyone to be a witness against himself in a criminal proceeding.
"These powers, and others in relation to rights of person which it is not necessary here to enumerate, are, in express and positive terms, denied to the General Government, and the rights of private property have been guarded with equal care."--Chief Justice Roger Taney, United States Supreme Court, Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1856).
Thursday, October 17, 2013
"Introducing firearms is prohibited"
[Evening Bulletin, Honolulu, H.I., Thursday, August 31, 1899. Vol. VII. No. 1312. Pg. 1]
Find that to be very interesting indeed. Especially in the light of what the following statement from the United States Supreme Court sheds on the subject:
Can you say; "Liars, cheats, and thieves"? I know that you can....