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    UPDATE: Washington, D.C. Circuit Court Strikes Down
    30-Year Old D.C. Gun Ban

    'We conclude that the Second Amendment protects an
    individual right to keep and bear arms'


    WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a
    ground-breaking opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for
    the District of Columbia Circuit today overturned the
    D.C. gun ban, a three-decade old prohibition on
    possession of firearms within the Nation's Capital.

    Senior Judge Lawrence H. Silberman, joined by Judge
    Thomas B. Griffith, a recent Bush appointee,
    concluded that "the Second Amendment protects an
    individual right to keep and bear arms." Judge Karen
    Lecraft Henderson filed a dissenting opinion.

    The case, Parker v. District of Columbia, was
    brought by six D.C. residents -- including Cato senior
    fellow Tom Palmer -- who sought to keep
    functional firearms in their homes for self-defense.

    The appellate court reversed a lower D.C. court on all
    counts, and held that the activities protected by the
    Second Amendment "are not limited to militia service,
    nor is an individual's enjoyment of the right
    contingent upon his or her continued intermittent
    enrollment in the militia."

    Cato senior fellow Robert A. Levy acted as
    co-counsel to the plaintiffs.

    Under existing law, no handgun could be registered
    in the District, and even pistols registered prior to
    D.C.'s 1976 ban could not be carried from room to room
    within a home without a license. The sum result of
    D.C.'s myriad firearm codes: no one within the city
    limits may possess a
    functional firearm within his or her own home.

    "This decision is a very big deal," said Tim
    Lynch, director of Cato's Project on Criminal Justice,
    upon announcement of the ruling. "The Supreme
    Court is very likely to review this case, which means
    we're about a year away from a definitive ruling from
    the high court on the meaning of the Second Amendment
    -- is it just about militias or does the Constitution
    guarantee an individual right to keep and bear arms?"

    For the full opinion, see:
    http://pacer.cadc.uscourts.gov/docs/...3/04-7041a.pdf

    The full text of the original complaint, Parker v.
    District of Columbia, is available at
    http://www.cato.org/pubs/legalbriefs/gunsuit.pdf
    Contact: Susan Semeleer, Cato Institute, senior
    manager of media relations, 202-789-5212, or Evans
    Pierre, Cato Institute, director of broadcasting,
    202-789-5200
    SOURCE Cato Institute

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    Looks like a few people already beat you to the post:

    30 cal ****; D.C. Gun Ban Struck Down! Yeeee-ha!:
    http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum4/1689.html
    D.C. Gun Ban Overturned (sorry for the dupe) YEEEEHA!:
    http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum16/1687.html

    CaptainCharles; Looks like DC gun ban is over:
    http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum54/1688.html

    And Mike commented on the original December thread; Group Takes D.C. Gun Laws to Court:
    http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum4/961-3.html


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    Perhaps, but this demands special attention in the Virginia forum because for years we have been blamed for DC's problems with firearms related crime, and we have been cited as the reason they needed such strict regulation. It seems that each successive law they past was less effective than the last (go figure) so they just kept passing more, and blaming Virginia's "overly Liberal" position on gun rights.

    Moreover, we kept having to endure all the arguments about collective rights verses individual, and how the TSA only applied to flintlocks, and that handguns are not militia weapons so they can be prohibited, and on, and on, and on.

    This decision overturns every part of the anti second amendment argument. It literally analyses TSA word by word and refutes EVERY anti gun argument you have ever heard.

    So you will have to pardon me if I think it should be shouted from every rooftop, and posted in every forum.

    It takes a while to read and understand all that it says but it is worth the time to read all of it.

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