posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 01:16 AM
In answer to the OP's original question, The Constitution basically implies "yes."
For every Right in the Bill of Rights, there is an unwritten responsibility
that falls on each individual who wishes to exercise their Rights:
That responsibility is--Do not violate the Rights of others!
Those who violate the Rights of others have proven that they are either incapable or unwilling to accept the resposibility of their own Rights, and
should thus not be allowed to exercise the Right they abused.
A good example of this is written in the Kenesaw, Georgia Municipal Codes
it concerns the 2nd Amendment Right to Own & Bear Arms:
ARTICLE I. IN GENERAL
Sec. 34-1. Heads of households to maintain firearms.
(a) In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general
welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with
(b) Exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who suffer a physical or mental disability which would prohibit them
from using such a firearm. Further exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who are paupers or who conscientiously oppose
maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony.
(Code 1986, § 4-3-10)
Sec. 34-2. Use of firearms.
No person shall fire a gun, pistol or other firearm in the city, except in the defense of person or property, and except peace officers or military
forces of this state or the United States, in the discharge of official duties.
(Code 1986, § 11-1-4)
Secs. 34-3--34-25. Reserved.
Bold emphasis above are mine.
Anyone who should so choose
to not maintain a firearm can qualify under any one of the Exemptions by choice
...But a convicted felon is
expressly forbidden to own firearms.
A side effect of this Code is that, since it was enacted in 1981, the frequency of violent crimes
, even including the figuring of population increase.