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Supreme Court Rules Americans Have Right to Own Handguns

June 26, 2008  | 

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history.

The court's 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment. The decision went further than even the Bush administration wanted, but probably leaves most firearms laws intact.

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Tags: U.S. Supreme Court Cases, Gun Rights Advocacy


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walkin' trails @ 6/26/2008 5:36 PM

Five stars for the five justices who understood the intent of the framers of the Constitution and ruled accordingly. Too bad Charlton Heston wasn't around to see this.

CWM11B @ 6/26/2008 7:42 PM

Amazing that four of the "top" legal minds in the country apparently either have not read or do not comprehend our constitution. Perhaps they should all go back and read the Fedralist Papers and the writings of Jefferson and Washington with regard to this fundamental right.

wolfva @ 6/26/2008 9:48 PM

This decision bothers me. Because ONLY 5 of 9 Justices voted the right way. Almost half the SCOTUS apparently doesn't believe in individual rights. Scary thought, eh?

ROB ROY @ 6/29/2008 6:50 PM

Just another example of how the liberal's are so out of touch of reality. Thank God that there were 5 member's of the Supreme court that have there heads screwed on right. I have a felling this only the start of the fight to enable law abiding people to fight back, and not be a victim just because they obey the law's. I'am sure Charleton Heston is looking down with a big smile on his face.

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