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DC: Constitution, Not Love of Guns, Drives D.C. Gun Ban Case
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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D.C.'s handgun ban goes before the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The man who brought it there is a wealthy Florida attorney who carefully plotted the case and handpicked the plaintiffs. Robert Levy has never owned a handgun and hasn't lived in Washington since he was a teenager. But he says the city is trampling on residents' constitutional rights with its restrictions on gun ownership.
 

DC: U.S. Court Takes Up Gun Rights After 217 Years of Saying Little
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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For 217 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has managed to say next to nothing about the constitutional right to "keep and bear arms.' That's about to change. The high court tomorrow hears arguments on the District of Columbia's handgun ban in a case that will determine whether the Second Amendment protects the rights of all people or only those affiliated with a National Guard or other state-run militia.
 

DC: Gun dealers wary of Supreme Court case
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The U.S. Supreme Court this week will break a lengthy silence and again address the breadth of the Constitution's right to bear arms. It's uncertain what effects the court's decision might have on South Dakota.
 

DC: Lawyer in D.C. Gun Case Doesn't Own One
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Robert Levy has never owned a handgun and has no burning desire to own one now. He hasn't been a Washington resident since he was a teen in the 1950s. But for six years, the wealthy attorney has carefully plotted a legal challenge to Washington's strict ban on handgun ownership, a case now before the Supreme Court. The Florida resident helped hand-pick the plaintiffs involved and is paying the legal fees himself. Why all the effort? Levy says he is driven to defend constitutional rights he believes are being trampled by the District of Columbia's strict ban on private ownership of handguns. "I believe in the written Constitution and that the text ought to be interpreted the way it was meant to be," Levy said.
 

FL: Gun bill in Tallahassee leaves no sides satisfied
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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One of the most divisive issues in Tallahassee, which pits big business against the National Rifle Association -- with the GOP in the middle -- is showing new signs of life this year after being squashed two years in a row. The NRA is attempting for the third time to stampede a bill into law that would allow employees to keep guns in their cars at work.
 

DC: The D.C. gun ban must go
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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This week, the Supreme Court will consider an important case that affects the fundamental freedoms of every American. In the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, the court will decide whether the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to keep and bear arms. For three decades, the District of Columbia has deprived its law-abiding citizens of one of their basic constitutional rights. As a legal matter, the D.C. gun ban is unconstitutional. As a practical matter, it has proven to be ineffective.
 

DC: Supreme Court to hear challenge to D.C. gun law
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://thereadyline.blogspot.com

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"The case has drawn wide attention not because of the district's law itself, but because the court may decide for the first time whether gun rights are truly protected by the Constitution, like the right to free speech and the right to freely practice one's religion."

"Whenever there is an individual right [protected by the Constitution], the burden is on the government to justify a limit on that right," said Robert A. Levy, a libertarian lawyer at the Cato Institute."

Submitter's Note: How can DC officials intellectually argue that the ban works, and should not be repealed, when an LA Times reporter easily finds a 14-year-old with a pistol? Yet law abiding residents, doing the right thing, remain utterly defenseless?
 

Do you have a legal right to own a gun?
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Guns, and questions about how much power the government has to keep people from owning them, are at the core of one of the most divisive topics in American politics. Nowhere is that divide more pronounced than in the gap between Americans' beliefs about their rights under the Second Amendment, and how courts have interpreted the law.
 

DC: Groups Say They're Watching D.C. Gun Case ‘Closely'
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Groups on both sides of gun owners' rights agree the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on whether the District of Columbia can ban personal handguns could have a rippling effect throughout the nation.
 

DC: Individual's Right to Bear Arms at Issue
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The Supreme Court gets to write on a blank slate when it takes up the meaning of the Second Amendment "right to keep and bear arms" and the District of Columbia's ban on handguns.
The nine justices have said almost nothing about gun rights, and their predecessors have likewise given no definitive answer to whether the Constitution protects an individual's right to own guns or whether that right is somehow tied to service in a state militia.
The case that will be argued Tuesday is among the most closely watched of the term, drawing 68 briefs from outside groups. Most of those support an individual's right to own a gun.





 

DC: Nation awaits D.C. handgun ruling
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The District of Columbia's fight to preserve its nearly 32-year-old ban on handguns before the U.S. Supreme Court has drawn nationwide attention as a bellwether vote on the limits of gun control. "Regardless of who wins and loses, the crucial thing is really going to be what [the justices] are going to say about the Second Amendment," said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Combat Gun Violence. "It will set the ground rules for analyzing almost every gun law in the country for years to come."
 

DC: Texans not on fence over gun case
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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A landmark gun control case that goes before the Supreme Court this week has stirred intense interest in Texas, where the right to carry guns has been rooted in the state's culture since the frontier days. The nine justices who will hear the case Tuesday will ultimately decide whether to uphold or overturn an appeals court ruling that struck down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban against handguns. Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has staked out a high-profile role against the D.C. law as the architect of a friend-of-the court brief embraced by Vice President Dick Cheney, 55 senators and 250 House members. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has also weighed in with a separate brief.
 

DC: Gun Case Causes Bush Administration Rift
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://thereadyline.blogspot.com

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"Judging by the sniping from within the Bush administration at its own solicitor general, Paul D. Clement, for a brief he filed in the case, a long-awaited declaration by the Supreme Court that the Second Amendment protects an individual right would not be nearly enough."

". . .The brief offers a road map for finding the law unconstitutional, but by a different route from the one the appeals court took. The distinction may seem almost picayune, but it is a measure of the passions engendered by anything to do with guns that Mr. Clement’s approach is evidently being seen in some administration circles as close to a betrayal."



 

The Right to Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Since the District of Columbia first instituted its ban on handguns, there has been only one year (1985) that the homicide rate in the city fell below what it was in 1976. Worse, in 15 of the 29 years since the ban went into effect, D.C. had either the first or second highest murder rate among the nation’s 50 largest cities.

In 2003, D.C. special police officer Dick Heller joined five other D.C. residents and sued to challenge D.C.’s handgun ban. Heller carries a handgun while on duty as a guard at the Federal Judicial Center and, like his co-plaintiffs, wants to possess one at his home for self defense.
 

MA: How to fight off intruders with pork products
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I just read a story about a Gloucester, Mass., restaurant owner named Joe Scola, who was in his business recently when he heard a noise. I'm assuming, since the story didn't specify, that it was after hours — either that or his restaurant was about to be closed and turned into a Starbucks.

Anyway, Scola investigated. He discovered a man trying to get away with "arms full of meat taken from the restaurant freezer." It didn't specify how much meat that is, nor how many arms we're talking about. Let's just assume it was two arms, and a lot of meat.
 

DC: DC Steps Up Campaign Against Gun Violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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A pivotal Second Amendment case comes before the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow when its members hear oral arguments in District of Columbia, et al. v. Dick Anthony Heller, which challenges the District of Columbia's handgun ban. DC Mayor Adrian Fenty and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier aren't waiting for the decision, however -- on March 12, they started a three-phased public safety initiative for the spring and summer months.
 

SCOTUSblog.com To Provide (Nearly) Live Coverage Of Heller Argument
Submitted by: Brent Greer
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SCOTUSblog.com plans to provide a link to live coverage, via C-Span, tomorrow of the District of Columbia v. Heller oral arguments. Arguments are scheduled to begin Tuesday at 10 am, eastern.

It won't be a true live audio feed, but a continuing transcript of what is being discussed in the Court. The Supreme Court does not permit electronic transmission equipment in the main chambers during oral arguments.
 

Do Anti-Gun Laws Protect Us or Threaten Us?
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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I react very negatively to those who want to ban handguns in order to ensure public safety. They don’t understand what this does to public safety. Even in England or other countries who have managed the availability of guns, it seems that the argument is pretty slim even then. But in England, if you kill an intruder in your own home who is threatening to murder you, you are likely to be prosecuted for murder yourself. It would seem that in England, criminals have more rights than the law-abiding citizens, and it is going in that direction here in the U.S.
 

DC: Supreme Court Prepares to Hear DC Gun Case as National Support for Banning Handguns Hits 59 Percent
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Just two days after a new Washington Post national poll (see
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2008/03/16/GR200803160
0072.html?sid=ST2008031502430) found that 59 percent of the American public supports restrictions identical to Washington, DC's gun laws -- which ban
handgun possession and require that legally possessed rifles and shotguns be either disassembled or secured with a trigger lock -- the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled tomorrow to hear oral arguments in a case challenging DC's handgun ban, District of Columbia v. Heller.
 

CA: Off-duty SDPD officer identified in alleged road rage shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police weren't saying much Monday about a suspected road rage incident Saturday night in which an off-duty San Diego police officer shot and wounded a Camp Pendleton woman and her 8-year-old son.

The off-duty officer, Franklin "Frank" White of Oceanside, fired an undisclosed number of shots during the incident, which happened at about 9:30 p.m. in a shopping center parking lot off Old Grove Road, said Oceanside police Sgt. Kelan Poorman.

The woman and child remained hospitalized Monday, but authorities said their injuries were not life threatening.

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State and federal laws give off-duty police officers the right to carry a weapon.

Ed.: Um, no. Being *alive* gives you the right to carry a weapon; a right protected by the Second Amendment and most state constitutions.
 

KY: Judge Issues Injunction Over Non-Citizens Carrying Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A federal judge has stopped enforcement of a Kentucky law barring non-citizens from carrying concealed deadly weapons."

"U.S. District Judge Thomas Russell said the law is written too broadly and violates the rights of attorney Alexander M. Say, a British national who has lived in Kentucky for 15 years." ...

"The [ACLU] sued the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and Kentucky State Police on behalf of Say."

"The ACLU challenged the citizenship requirement, saying Kentucky lawmakers should not have passed the law." ...

"Say argued that no federal law requires U.S. citizenship for people to be licensed to purchase, carry, transport or carry a concealed deadly weapon, and neither should state law."
 

Tibet: Hundreds dead in Tibet unrest: parliament-in-exile
Submitted by: Benjamin Rush

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Hundreds of Tibetans have died in unrest in Lhasa and elsewhere in the Chinese-ruled Himalayan region, the India-based Tibetan parliament-in-exile said in a statement Monday.

Submitter's note: Only the government should have guns?

Ed.: Add this to the list of disarmed people slaughtered by governments.
 

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