Friday, June 27, 2008

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Right To Keep Handguns

Strikes Down Handgun Ban In Washington D.C.

For the first time in history, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified the second amendment right to bear arms, and in the process, struck down a handgun ban in Washington D.C.
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Justice Scalia Writes Majority Opinion

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."
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