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Federal court overturns D.C. handgun ban
2-1 ruling says Second Amendment is not limited to 'militia' needs
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WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia's long-standing ban on handguns was overturned Friday by a federal appeals court, which rejected the city's argument that the Second Amendment right to bear arms applies only to militias, not individuals.

In a 2-1 decision, the judges held that the activities protected by the Second Amendment "are not limited to militia service, nor is an individual's enjoyment of the right contingent upon his or her continued intermittent enrollment in the militia."

A lower-court judge told six city residents in 2004 that they did not have a constitutional right to own handguns. The plaintiffs include residents of high-crime neighborhoods who want guns for protection.

The Bush administration has endorsed individual gun-ownership rights but the Supreme Court has never settled the issue. If the dispute makes it to the high court, it would be the first case in nearly 70 years to address the Second Amendment's scope.
Bush administration has endorsed individual gun-ownership rights but the Supreme Court has never settled the issue. If the dispute makes it to the high court, it would be the first case in nearly 70 years to address the Second Amendment's scope.
 

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Great news, but, when and if it goes to the Supreme's we have no guarantee how they will rule. I know how they should rule but...........
 

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You better believe Sarah and tribe will be gearing up to fight this. All the marbles are going to be on the table.<br>
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I hope the Fudds get behind this, instead of letting the rest of us do their Second Amendment fighting for them.
 

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The time could not be better. We have no idea who might be the pres in two years. The next one might put activist judges on the court. This is the best chance we have to get a good story in front of the high court. Sadly, as noted by the dissenting judge, DC may not count as it is not a state. Talk about ducking a question - but this is what our courts and governments are good at.
 

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But...but...but... the liberals whined that DC residents didn't have the "right" to be represented by congressmen, so they passed an unconstitutional law allowing that. If the liberals try to claim that DC residents does not count as a state, then remind them about this.
 

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I think that the first route of challenge to the ruling by the three judge panel of the appeals court will be a request for all 12 judges of the appeal court to review it. If the ruling is affirmed by the 12 judges it will then go to the Supreme Court for consideration. As I understand it if the Supreme Court refuses to hear it the ruling stands. Any attorneys out there who can comment on this.

At any rate this is great news. It could be the case that will settle the issue and make it difficult for governments to limit the right to own firearms.
 

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If you drive around Northern VA you see D.C. Tags that say "Taxation without Representation" sounds like the tree hugging liberals want it both ways. Only want those amendments that he or she likes not the whole thing.

D.C. was never intended by the founding fathers to be a state but a seat of government.

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Ronbo, the Virginia portion was given back to Virginia in 1846, but the Maryland portion was not. DC is much larger in size than is needed to run the federal government. There are a lot of residential areas in DC that are not near downtown. Those areas could be given Maryland voting status while still maintaining the downtown portion as a territory.

Even though I don't agree with the way that I think that most of DC residents would vote, as I am a Republican, I still think the residents should have the right to govern themselves and spend their tax dollars as they see fit, and they should have full voting representation in the House and the Senate. They are, after all, citizens just like us.

DC might even experience some re-gentrification if the more affluent and politcally active home buyer knew that they would have more of a say in the way they were governed.
 
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