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Legal scholars will say that this reference to the right to carry weapons is "orbitur dictum" -- surplus language that is not really necessary to the holding of the case. Therefore they will say it carries no more weight than if you asked some guys on a street corner if they think free white citizens have the right to carry weapons in public, and they said "yes."

Everyone else will say that whatever the Supreme Court said in this case is worthless, even if it WAS central to the holding, because this is the case that held that blacks were property, not citizens, and could never become citizens, and could never enjoy any of the protections of the U.S. constitution.
 
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