Supreme Court Hears Major Second Amendment Case

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Washington (AP) The Supreme Court has heard arguments about the meaning of the second amendment and the districts of Columbia's ban on handguns.

A majority appears to support the view that the amendment protects an individual's right to own guns, rather than somehow linking right to service in a state militia.

But it is less clear what that means for the district's 32-year-old ban on handguns, perhaps the strictest gun control law in the nation.

“Does that make it unreasonable for a city with a very high crime rate...to say no handguns here?” Justice Stephen Breyer said.

On the other side, Chief Justice John Roberts asked at one point: “what is reasonable about a ban on possession” of handguns?


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