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Court strikes down DC’s gun ban

In the ruling the nation seemed to be waiting for with bated breath, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Washington D.C.’s ban on handguns. The 5-4 opinion in D.C. v. Heller, written by Justice Antonin Scalia, found that the right to own a gun is protected by the Second Amendment.

We’ll bring you more after we’ve had a chance to read and digest the decision.

The Court also handed down Davis v. Federal Election Commission, invalidating the “Millianaire’s Amendment” campaign finance rule, and Morgan Stanley Capital Group v. Public Utility District 1, a case involving the Mobile-Sierra doctrine.

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  1. In a dissent he summarized from the bench, 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.”

    how about this part?

    The Congress, whenever two-thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the several States, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which in either case shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States, or by conventions in three-fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the Ninth Section of the First Article; and that no State, without its consent shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.

    strange that i dont see that a city counsel has the power to amend the constitution.

    i can see the left side of the court was looking to write an amendment but did not have the votes. that is good news.

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