Friday, March 9, 2007

BREAKING: DC Handgun Ban Overturned

Gun-owning DC residents have long been denied their Second Amendment rights. Today, however, a federal appeals court breathed new life into the Constitution and repealed the district's unconstitutional ban on handguns.

Here's the early AP article (via

In a two-to-one decision, the court rejected the city's argument that the Second Amendment right to bear arms applies only to militias, not individuals.

A lower-court judge told six city residents in 2004 that they did not have a constitutional right to own handguns. The plaintiffs include residents of high-crime neighborhoods who want guns for protection. . . .

If the dispute makes it to the high court, it would be the first case in almost 70 years to address the Second Amendment's scope.

For more, see this post by Michelle Malkin.