Supreme Court upholds Second Amendment, overturns DC gun ban


For those of you who are just tuning in, in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, a majority opinion of the Supreme Court overturned a handgun prohibition law, essentially ruling gun bans unconstitutional.

If you'd like to read the ruling, click here.

Ruling on the side of our constitutional liberties were Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas. The majority opinion was penned by Scalia:


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.

Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said that an individual right to bear arms is supported by "the historical narrative" both before and after the Second Amendment was adopted.

The Constitution does not permit "the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home," Scalia said. The court also struck down Washington's requirement that firearms be equipped with trigger locks or kept disassembled, but left intact the licensing of guns.

Scalia noted that the handgun is Americans' preferred weapon of self-defense in part because "it can be pointed at a burglar with one hand while the other hand dials the police."


- Yahoo/AP

1 Response to "Supreme Court upholds Second Amendment, overturns DC gun ban"

  1. augusta georgia moye 26/6/08 21:47
    about time we got a good ruling lately has been bad

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