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November 20, 2007

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear D.C. Gun Ban Case

by Doug Mataconis

As expected, the Supreme Court announced today that it would hear the appeal of the District of Columbia in the twin cases that resulted in the District’s ban on handguns being declared unconstitutional earlier this year:

The Supreme Court announced today that it will decide whether the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns violates the Constitution, a choice that will put the justices at the center of the controversy over the meaning of the Second Amendment for the first time in nearly 70 years.

The court’s decision could have broad implications for gun-control measures locally and across the country, and will raise a hotly contested political issue just in time for the 2008 elections.

The court will hear the case after the first of the year. A decision likely would come before it adjourns at the end of June.

Now the battle begins.

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  1. At first blush, I would assume this case to be a slam dunk…then I think of the Kelo ruling.

    Comment by Stephen Littau — November 20, 2007 @ 12:18 pm
  2. Stephen,

    Seconded, though you have to admit that it’s likely the best time for something like this to go through. With the Democrats looking likely to win the Presidency in 2008, I can’t imagine a more favorable court anytime soon.

    Comment by Brian T. Traylor — November 20, 2007 @ 6:51 pm
  3. Agreed…if we’re looking for the best possibility of a pro-gun ownership verdict, now’s as good a time as any to get it done. Ron Paul’s still a longshot, the rest of the GOP slate is far from a lock and if Hillary does win in 2008 you can bet she’s not going to be taking the pro-freedom side on this issue.

    Comment by UCrawford — November 20, 2007 @ 6:57 pm
  4. I agree Brian, U.C. I am confident that Thomas, Scalia, Roberts, and Alito will rule in favor of individual gun rights. I am also confident that Ginsburg and Breyer will take the “collective right” view. As best as I can tell, Souter, Stevens, and Kennedy are the wildcards which the decision will depend. I could imagine that at least one of the three will rule with the individual right view but I wouldn’t count on it.

    This illustrates that elections do have consequences. As much as we beat up on President Bush here at The Liberty Papers, how confident would we be today about our 2nd Amendment rights had Al Gore or John Kerry appointed his choices for the Supreme Court? We may well have dodged a bullet in 2000.

    Comment by Stephen Littau — November 21, 2007 @ 9:57 am

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