Friday, February 26, 2010

High court to define reach of gun-control laws

From USA Today (surprisingly objective):
The case marks the second round of high-stakes litigation over the breadth of the Second Amendment — and will likely have wider impact nationwide than the first. In June 2008, the justices struck down a Washington, D.C., handgun ban and declared for the first time that the Second Amendment covers an individual right to keep and bear arms.
The new question is whether the 2008 decision also applies to cities and states, or only to laws in the federal government and its enclaves, such as Washington. It sets up another major constitutional question with ramifications for scores of mostly urban gun regulations.
This is going to be a major case in the quest to solidify 2nd Amendemnt rights to keep and bear arms.  Of particular interest will be new Justice Sotomayor. - SP

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