The Fight for DC’s Handgun Ban
On September 4,
The D.C. Firearms Control Regulation Act of 1975 prohibits the sale or ownership of firearms in the District; the ban also mandates a strict permit system and the disassembly of all firearms in homes. The city contends that the ban does not violate the Second Amendment; it claims that the right to bear arms, originally intended for the creation of militias, does not apply to private citizens. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
The appeal would be the first case the U.S. Supreme Court has heard regarding the Second Amendment (Fastcase subscription required) in more than 70 years.
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, a Republican from
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However, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has said that he strongly supports the ban, stating that the city will continue to strictly enforce the laws and work for tighter gun control. Cities with similar regulations around the country anxiously await the decision, which could strike down diverse statutes such as California ban on machine guns and Chicago’s comprehensive handgun ban.