By James A. Kidney Excerpts from recent opinions by Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia: This week: Friedman v. City of Highland Park, Illinois, denial of certiorari, Thomas joined by Scalia dissenting (Dec. 7, 2015). Denial of cert meant that the suburb’s ban on assault weapons is legal. The City’s ban is thus highly suspect because it broadly prohibits common semiautomatic fire- arms used for lawful purposes. Roughly five million Americans own AR-style semiautomatic rifles. . . . The overwhelming majority of citizens who own and use such rifles do so for lawful purposes, including self-defense and target shooting. . . . Under our precedents, that is all that is needed for citizens to have a right under the Second Amendment to keep such weapons. Future opinions by Justices Thomas and Scalia: Big Pharma v. Federal Food and Drug Administration, denial of certiorari. Thomas and Scalia dissenting: The FDA’s heavy … Read more of this post . . .