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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080626/ap_on_go_su_co/scotus_guns;_ylt=Am_T7NhHTjXJpTnjTuMU36dMEP0E

Court rules in favor of Second Amendment gun right

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history.

The court's 5-4 ruling strikes down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment. The decision goes 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."

The basic issue for the justices was whether the amendment protects an individual's right to own guns no matter what, or whether that right is somehow tied to service in a state militia.

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

In dissent, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote that the majority "would have us believe that over 200 years ago, the Framers made a choice to limit the tools available to elected officials wishing to regulate civilian uses of weapons."

He said such evidence "is nowhere to be found."

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court says Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history.

The court's 5-4 ruling strikes down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment. The decision goes 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."

The basic issue for the justices was whether the amendment protects an individual's right to own guns no matter what, or whether that right is somehow tied to service in a state militia.
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Gun Control
This is huge! I'm surprised that it's not getting more attention on this website. It's a great leap for gun owners!
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Great Day
It's a great day to be a gun owner!!!
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Hold On
Yes we won this one, but look behind the scenes a little better. It was a 5 to 4 vote. Its really scary that 4 out of 9 people want our rights removed. The rong president and a few key people voted in the right areas and those numbers will turn against us. Its time to WAKE UP. Although I have been saying for years that if it came to us losing our right to bear arms. We would be in the next American Revolution.
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Guns
"This is the justices' first major pronouncement on gun control in U.S. history" and it went in our favor. This is huge! This will set the stage for a long time coming (in my opinion). I know the NRA is happy!
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coverage
it's on the front page of CNN.com. Just goes to show that groups like NRA, etc. need contd. support
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Nothing Special
There's no reason to celebrate here. You have 4 out of 9 Justices who despise our constitution and think "those pesky Amendments" mean nothing, and that the 2nd Amendment's not an individual right. What sucks is that this will be challenged one day again, except by that time there will be a majority of liberal marxists on the Supreme Court. Can you imagine the type of Justice Obama would appoint? I just can't believe the decision was that close (5-4); only 20-30 years ago it'd been 9-0...it's not a good sign.
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We cannot ever stop fighting
We cannot ever stop fighting for our rights, but this was the supreme court. I'm not lawyer but it would seem like if the subject got brought up again, they would say that there has already been a ruling on that subject, end of discussion. At least this will let us breathe for a little while.
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good read
Good Read !!!
http://apnews.myway.com//article/20080626/D91I1FJ00.html
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