Historic case decided: Washington gun ban unconstitutional
Historic decision of the US Supreme Court declared the longlasting Washington D.C. gun ban unconstitutional and upheld the general meaning of the 2nd Amendment as an individual right to keep arms.
The Supreme Court states at the end of the decision: "Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces provide personal security, and where gun violence is a serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what is not debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct. We affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeals."
Briefly: US Supreme Court confirmed the individual right to keep handguns at home for self-defense and needn't provide them with the trigger lock or keep them disassembled. The ruling does't affect the semi-automatic and automatic firearms ban.
The Washington police already starts to implement the Supreme Court ruling.
"Besides being blatantly unconstitutional, the District's gun ban has been totally ineffective," Heller's co-counsel Robert Levy said in a statement.
Washington D.C. - paradoxicly maybe also becaise the longlasting gun ban - is the area with the highest incidence of the violent crimes in USA.
The NRA will file lawsuits in San Francisco, Chicago and several of its suburbs challenging handgun restrictions there based on Thursday's outcome.
U.S. Supreme Court ruling HERE: http://www.nbc4.com/download/2008/0626/16716940.pdf
More I've vritten about the case here: http://911blogger.com/node/14448