Thursday, June 26, 2008

Court says individuals have right to own guns

From MSNBC:
The court's 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment. The decision went further than even the Bush administration wanted, but probably leaves most firearms laws intact.

The court had not conclusively interpreted the Second Amendment since its ratification in 1791. The amendment reads: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

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The issue caused a split within the Bush administration. Vice President Dick Cheney supported the appeals court ruling, but others in the administration feared it could lead to the undoing of other gun regulations, including a federal law restricting sales of machine guns. Other laws keep felons from buying guns and provide for an instant background check.

I wonder if there will be a domino effect and could affect any other gun control laws around the country. Let's not misunderstand, there are those out there who fear this because they're concerned about people going around shooting because they have their guns. I trust that the only ones doing the shooting are already criminals.

Let's see if there is a posted opinion from the court. I'll get back to you!

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