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5-4 ruling strikes down DC's 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down DC Gun Ban

5-4 ruling strikes down DC’s 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment.

“We start therefore with a strong presumption that the Second Amendment right is exercised individually and belongs to all Americans.” – Quote from opinion of DC v. Heller

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday answering a 127 year old constitutional question that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own a gun, not just a militia.

Click here to read the opinion of the courts 5-4 ruling that strikes down the District of Columbia’s 32-year-old ban on handguns. The majority included Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas. Dissenters were Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Paul Stevenand David Souter.

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