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Thread: Supreme Court strikes down DC Gun Ban!!!

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    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,372041,00.html

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court says Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history.[/b]

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

    The court had not conclusively interpreted the Second Amendment since its ratification in 1791. The amendment reads: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

    The basic issue for the justices was whether the amendment protects an individual's right to own guns no matter what, or whether that right is somehow tied to service in a state militia.

    Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for four colleagues, said the Constitution does not permit "the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home."

    In dissent, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote that the majority "would have us believe that over 200 years ago, the Framers made a choice to limit the tools available to elected officials wishing to regulate civilian uses of weapons."

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    This is good news, not only for those in Washington DC, but for all of us. I bet you Obama isn't happy, but who cares?

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    Hi Dave --

    I agree. This is very good news. I noticed on the Fox News Channel that the Mayor of Washington DC is emphasizing that the Supreme Court ruling "only applies to ownerhsip of Hand Guns in the HOME". Moreover, he said it does not apply to semi-automatic firearms.

    So the NRA will likely file lawsuits immediately in both Washington DC and other cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, etc.

    The issue of Concealed Carry in Washington DC has not been addressed.It remains to be seen whether CCW permit holders from other states (like Nevada, Florida and Utah for example) will have the right to carry while in the "Murder Capitol of the USA".

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    EagleFiveZero wrote:
    Hi Dave --

    I agree. This is very good news. I noticed on the Fox News Channel that the Mayor of Washington DC is emphasizing that the Supreme Court ruling "only applies to ownerhsip of Hand Guns in the HOME". Moreover, he said it does not apply to semi-automatic firearms.

    So the NRA will likely file lawsuits immediately in both Washington DC and other cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, etc.

    The issue of Concealed Carry in Washington DC has not been addressed.It remains to be seen whether CCW permit holders from other states (like Nevada, Florida and Utah for example) will have the right to carry while in the "Murder Capitol of the USA".
    You are correct that this is not the end all say all ruling, but this is a MAJOR ruling regardless and it will pave the way for further advancement of our civil rights.

    A HUGE step in the right direction.

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    Remember when Kennesaw, GA passed a law requiring residents to have a gun when Ronald Reagan was President.

    Gun law - Kennesaw, GA
    On May 1, 1982 the city passed an ordinance [Sec 34-1a] requiring every head of household to maintain a firearm together with ammunition. It was passed partly in response to a 1981 handgun ban in Morton Grove, Illinois. Kennesaw's law was amended in 1983 to exempt those who conscientiously object to owning a firearm, convicted felons, those who cannot afford a firearm, and those with a mental or physical disability that would prevent them from owning a firearm. It mentions no penalty for its violation. According to the Kennesaw Historical Society, no one has ever been charged under the ordinance.

    Shouldn't it be like this everywhere, especially Chicago and Morton Grove, IL. You haven't heard the last of this Ruling by the Supreme Court. If you read the third Amendment it says, No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

    The founding fathers were reacting to what the British did to them under the quartering act where soldiers were stationed in Owner's homes. The founders were worried aboutthe tyrannical government like we have now. We must defend and use our rights or theywill be taken away.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/...n4213990.shtml

    http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-06-26-voa36.cfm

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washing...s_N.htm?csp=34

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    Yeah, it's great that it was struck down. Hopefully it will make a good precedent to strike down other laws on a second amendment basis.

    Definitely a lot of contradictory logic though. "not right to ban a whole class of guns, but okay to ban all machineguns"

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