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Supreme Court to Consider D.C. Gun Ban Case

November 21, 2007  | 

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on whether the District of Columbia's ban on handgun ownership violates the Constitution.

Last spring, a federal appeals court struck down the ban, which had been in effect for 31 years.

Gun rights proponents are happy about the court's decision to hear the case because they believe the court will rule that the D.C. ban is unconstitutional.

Gun control advocates are concerned that the court could rule so broadly that it would prohibit all future gun ownership restrictions such as an attempt to revive the assault weapon ban.

However, some gun owners are worried that the court could define the Second Amendment literally according to its language, which specifies "a well-regulated militia."

Blogs and other Internet commentaries are being flooded with gun owner comments expressing fear that the court might rule that citizens must be part of a militia to own firearms.

The court has not ruled on the scope of the Second Amendment since 1939.

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Comments (6)

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boywonder7417 @ 11/21/2007 1:37 PM

More guns = less crime...

editor @ 11/23/2007 7:43 PM

Editor checking in here folks. Let's talk about this one. Are you worried about how the Supremes will rule in this case? Will they uphold the D.C. handgun ban? Will they rule that no state or city can restrict firearms ownership by law-abiding citizens? Will they rule that the Second Amendment requires gun owners to participate in an organized militia? What do you think will happen? What do you want them to do?

adfisher @ 11/24/2007 7:04 AM

Law-abiding citizens with guns do not concern me. I want my non-police family and friends to be able to protect themselves from predators. As for the "more guns on the streets" complaint...I consider everyone armed until I prove otherwise!

j706 @ 11/24/2007 10:12 PM

I hope, and I truly believe the SC will do the right thing and rule in favor of the second amendment. The 2nd amendment means what it says. There is no trick to it. It cannot be twisted around to suit someone's agenda. It never ceases to amaze me some of the rubbish these liberals can dream up. Sad isn't it? I predict the DC gun ban will be history as it should be. I have no problem with law abiding citizens owning and carrying firearms. Matter of fact, I wish more citizens would start taking responsibility for their own safety. It would make our community's better and safer places to live.

An after thought: As A LEO who supports the Constitution of my state and this country, as I swore to do. I would never take part in any type of government (Katrina) gun grab. My agency would be one officer short.

sharpschooter @ 11/25/2007 1:27 AM

constitution or not every law abiding person has the right to self protection and the means to provide it. It is not the job of goverment to limit those rights unless they are abused.

j706 @ 12/11/2007 7:48 PM

Editor- I predict that the SC will rule that the 2nd amendment is a collective right, I think they will shoot down the DC gun ban. I also hope they restrict any states laws on prohibiting firearms from the law abiding citizen. After many hours of studying the 2nd as well as the terminology of that era, I fail to see how anyone could honestly believe the 2nd is militia specific. Lets all have faith in the SC.

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