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February 15, 2008

Obama Tries to Have it Both Ways on the Second Amendment

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Barack Obama said Friday that the country must do “whatever it takes” to eradicate gun violence following a campus shooting in his home state, but he believes in an individual’s right to bear arms. Obama said he spoke to Northern Illinois University’s president Friday morning by phone and offered whatever help his […]

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February 9, 2008

More Amicus Briefs In D.C. v. Heller

There have been several more amicus briefs filed with the Supreme Court in support of the effort to overturn the District of Columbia’s gun ban, but the one that raises the most eyebrows is signed by the Vice-President himself: Vice President Cheney signed on to a brief filed by a majority of Congress yesterday that […]

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February 8, 2008

Respondents File Brief In D.C. v. Heller

Earlier this week, the Respondents filed their opposition brief to the District of Columbia’s appeal in District of Columbia v. Heller: If the Constitution protects an individual’s right to possess a handgun, then the District’s ban on such arms must be declared unconstitutional, lawyers for the man challenging the “nation’s most draconian gun laws” told […]

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Members of Congress file brief in Heller case

Here is some good news concerning District of Columbia v. Heller. US Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Jon Tester (D-MT) are filing a brief with signatures of 250 House members and 55 Senators, urging that the DC gun law be overturned by the Supreme Court: “All of the congressional legislative history is assuming that […]

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January 11, 2008

DoJ and DC Gun Ban

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief on behalf the District of Columbia. Yes, you read that right. The Bush Administration is supporting DC in the upcoming case on that will have a major impact on gun owner’s rights. Here is the analysis from David Hardy: As I read this, the (Bush) Dept […]

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November 24, 2007

What’s At Stake In Parker v. D.C.

Mike Cox writes in the Wall Street Journal about what’s at stake in the D.C. gun control case now before the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue in the case is whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, or whether the right is a “collective” one referring to the states’ […]

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November 20, 2007

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

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 […]

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November 13, 2007

Supreme Court Punts On D.C. Gun Ban Case, For Now

It was widely expected that the Supreme Court would announce today whether it would accept the appeal filed by the District of Columbia in the lawsuit challenging it’s handgun ban. As Lyle Denniston reports at ScotusBlog, that wasn’t the case: The Supreme Court on Tuesday announced no action on a new case testing the meaning […]

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November 7, 2007

The NRA vs. The Second Amendment ?

This month’s American Bar Association Journal has a fairly good article about the District of Columbia gun ban case currently under consideration by the Supreme Court, and the surprising role that the National Rifle Association took in trying to derail the lawsuit in its infancy: Though the NRA champions individual ownership under the Second Amendment, […]

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October 24, 2007

Supreme Court To Consider D.C. Gun Ban Appeal Request Nov. 9th

SCOTUSBlog reports that the Supreme Court will consider the Writ Of Certiorari in the two cases appealing last year’s decision overturning Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban on November 9th: The Supreme Court will consider two petitions growing out of the Second Amendment dispute over a District of Columbia ban on private possession of handguns at its […]

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September 4, 2007

Washington, D.C. Files It’s Appeal In Parker v. D.C.

The District Of Columbia today formally set forth the legal basis for it’s petition for an appeal of the decision earlier this year that struck down a decades-old gun ban as unconstitutional: The District today asked the Supreme Court to uphold the city’s ban on private ownership of handguns, saying the appeals court decision that […]

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July 16, 2007

Parker v. District Of Columbia Headed To The Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty announced today that the city will appeal the Appeals Court decision in Parker v. District of Columbia, which struck down the city’s gun control law: D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced today that the city will appeal to the Supreme Court to uphold a long-time ban on handguns that was […]

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May 9, 2007

D.C. Appeals Court Refuses To Rehear Gun Ban Case

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has refused to revisit the decision of a three-judge panel in Parker v. District of Columbia, the case that struck down the District of Columbia’s gun ban: A federal appeals court in Washington yesterday let stand a ruling that struck down a restrictive D.C. ban on gun ownership, […]

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May 7, 2007

How Liberal Law Professors Saved The Second Amendment

The New York Times has an interesting article about how a shift in views on the Second Amendment by leading law professors normally associated with the left led to the case that could transform the debate over gun control: In March, for the first time in the nation’s history, a federal appeals court struck down […]

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April 9, 2007

Parker v. D.C. Update

Parker v. District of Columbia, the case in which a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the District of Columbia’s gun ban, is headed a hearing before the entire D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Lawyers for the District filed a petition this morning asking a federal appeals court to revisit […]

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April 3, 2007

The NRA vs. The Second Amendment

In today’s Washington Examiner Robert Levy, one of the lead attorneys in the Parker v. District of Columbia case which recently resulted in a clear victory for an individual rights interpretation of the Second Amendment, wonders why the National Rifle Association is pursuing a strategy that would prevent the Supreme Court from ruling on the […]

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March 18, 2007

George Will On The Parker Case

George Will has a good column up at on the Parker v. District of Columbia, where the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals recently struck down the District of Columbia’s gun ban based on an individualist interpretation of the Constitution. As Will points out there is an important similarity between those who would whittle down […]

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A Litigator For Liberty

Today’s Washington Post has a profile of Robert Levy, the lead attorney in the case against the District of Columbia’s gun law: Meet the lawyer who conceived the lawsuit that gutted the District’s tough gun-control statute this month. Meet the lawyer who recruited a group of strangers to sue the city and bankrolled their successful […]

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March 12, 2007

Further Thoughts On The D.C. Gun Lawsuit

Bob Levy, one of the attorneys who argued for the Plaintiffs in the District of Columbia gun case, has a column in today’s Washington Post explaining why this lawsuit was necessary: Killers who are not deterred by laws against murder are not going to be deterred by laws against guns. Anti-gun regulations don’t address the […]

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March 9, 2007

A Major Second Amendment Victory

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has struck down the District of Columbia’s gun ban and done so while recognizing that the right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment is an individual right: Divided three-judge D.C. Circuit panel holds that the District of Columbia’s gun control laws violate […]

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