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June 26, 2008

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Yes, There is a Second Amendment

Scalia The decision is in. The Supreme Court has ruled that American citizens do have a right to own firearms.

In the majority opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia, said the Constitution does not permit "the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home."

The specific issue was the legality of the District of Columbia's ban on handguns and whether it was compatible with the wording of the Second Amendment. The court's 5-4 has struck down that ban.

According to the AP, the ruling won't lead to an unraveling of the nation's existing gun laws:

Scalia said nothing in Thursday's ruling should "cast doubt on long-standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons or the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings."

There are a series of interesting quotes from the decision here.

This is a great day for all of us.

—John Snow

Comments

jstreet

It's a great day for gun owners but with a 5-4 decision, this illustrates how important the upcoming presidential election is.

Do you want McCain or Obama appointing supreme court justices?

I know how I'm voting!

Jim

Jim

Jim in Mo.

Great day yes, but a scarry one. A 5-4 decision? If the judges were polled on how they feel a perfect world should be then I can understand a 5-4 vote. But 5-4 on a constitutional issue? It should have been a slam dunk. Mind boggling.

Steve

Why did not all nine judges vote for your right? In black & white it says the right of the people to
bear arms not the milita.The people have the rights same as in the other rights,it does not say any where that the milita has rights.What so hard to understand
about this?