But this is NOT true. All nine justices agreed that the 2nd Amendment confers and individual right to keep and bear arms. The 5-4 decision was to overturn the Washington, D.C. handgun ban as an unacceptable infringement on the 2nd Amendment. Let the words of the justices themselves prove this.
Justice Stevens dissenting, page 68 of the opinion:
The question presented by this case is not whether the Second Amendment protects a “collective right” or an“individual right.” Surely it protects a right that can be enforced by individuals. But a conclusion that the Second Amendment protects an individual right does not tell us anything about the scope of that right.
Justice Breyer, agrees, and restates the view on page 116 of his dissenting opinion:
In interpreting and applying this Amendment,I take as a starting point the following four propositions,based on our precedent and today’s opinions, to which I believe the entire Court subscribes:All four dissenting justices attached their names to these dissenting opinions, indicating agreement with the principles and legal reasoning contained within them. Had any justice disagreed with the individual right view, they would surely have been afforded the opportunity to write their own dissenting opinion explaining why their arguments. None did.
(1) The Amendment protects an “individual” right—i.e., one that is separately possessed, and may be separately enforced, by each person on whom it is conferred. See, e.g., ante, at 22 (opinion of the Court); ante, at 1 (STEVENS, J., dissenting).
The conclusion that all nine justices find there to be an individual right to keep and bear arms kills the collective right view decisively. We all need to keep reminding the anti-gun people of this fact.