14 March 2007

A man's home...

Is still his castle... in Washington D.C. anyway.

-- Unless and until the Supreme Court says otherwise, it looks as though the District of Columbia's 31-year-old gun ban is history.

In a landmark opinion Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reversed a lower federal court on all counts and concluded that "the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms."

The case, Parker v. District of Columbia, was brought by six D.C. residents who want to possess functional firearms within their homes for self-defense. Their lawsuit was not about machine guns and assault weapons.

They didn't ask for the right to carry guns outside their houses. Parker was about ordinary handguns, in the owner's private residence.

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ml said...

Although this is an American story, there is an important message here for Canadians as well.
This message is, "Indeed, said the court, 'the right to arms existed prior to the formation of the new government' in 1789."
Although the US has the 2nd Amendment as mentioned in this item, the US Constitution is essentially redundant on this question, as the right to keep and bear arms is maintained under established English Common Law. This same Common Law is part of our Canadian legal heritage, and protects the right to keep and bear arms in Canada.
A very brave and stubborn man, Bruce Montague, is fighting this battle in court virtually as I write. Background information and daily updates are available at www.brucemontague.ca.
Drop by and make a donation to a worthy cause.

PGP said...

I can't gt the image of Dick Cheney packing a gun for the press conferences! Could put a whole different complexion on those obnoxious fools in the PGallery!!

Neo Conservative said...

any inroad whatsoever against erosion of personal freedoms, is a good thing in my book.