This year the police and fire departments decided to crack down on illegal personal fireworks. Governments of all sizes, Federal, States, Counties, Cities, Towns, etc, have been attacking personal use fireworks for decades, trying to limit fireworks to officially government sanctioned displays. Even caps for toy cap guns have been severely reduced in size and noise capability, down to about ten percent of what they used to be.
I have advocated for personal fireworks in years past because the smell of black powder smoke, the bangs, booms, and flashes of light are such a powerful reminder of what our 1776 Revolution smelled and looked like. Scientists say that smell is the most powerful memory inducer, so the smell of smoke from black powder is a great connector for us, to the Founders of our Nation and their Ideas, their Declaration of Independence and the subsequent US Constitution.
Recently the US Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms is a personal right, not just a militia right. Now, historically, blackpowder powdered fireworks were used in wars, for example, the “rockets” red glare, the “bombs” bursting in air (shells launched from mortars, just like on July 4th), “mines” bursting upwards, “smokescreens”, Roman Candles, and all of the other clever black powder powered devices used in battles, like cannons, rifles, pistols, derringers, etc.
Because of the history of fireworks used as “Arms” in battle, I believe that it can be argued that the Ownership, Carrying, and Use of Personal Fireworks is a Second Amendment Right just like the Right to Own, Carry, and Use Guns.
I can understand the arguments for personal safety and especially for fire safety, but I think that over the past decades Personal Fireworks have been far too restricted by Law and I would like to see things loosened up, so that Citizens can Purchase, Own , and Use, Personal Fireworks like bottle rockets, mortar shells, firecrackers, roman candles, mines, and all the rest of what is available.
Personal Fireworks are a Right under the Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms.
I started out writing this with a little bit of “tongue in cheek”, but I ended up giving it serious consideration.