The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a constitutional right to keep guns in their homes for self-defense, the justices’ first major pronouncement on gun control in U.S. history.

The court’s 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia’s 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment.

The decision went further than even the Bush administration wanted, but probably leaves most firearms restrictions intact. The court had not conclusively interpreted the Second Amendment since its ratification in 1791.

The amendment reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” The basic issue for the justices was whether the amendment protects an individual’s right to own guns no matter what, or whether that right is somehow tied to service in a state militia.

The decision was that the right of the people, as used in the first, second and fourth amendments stands as a right for ALL people, not just the militia. Also, since the first and fourth amendments have been ‘updated’ to reflect current technology, the ruling states that current arms are legal under the second amendment!

This is a GREAT ruling in that it allows us to keep our arms in the home for self defense!!!

Thanks to the SCOTUS for standing up for us against the LWL!!!!


YES!!!! — 4 Comments

  1. I was really hoping the ruling would be 8-1 or 7-2. I guess I am dreaming with so many lib judges on the bench.

  2. Not only that but it is a victory not THE victory. There is still a LONG hard fight against “well reasoned” restrictions.

  3. ADM- yep you were… sigh…
    Billy- Agreed! It is still a long road to hoe to get our rights back.

  4. I was really surprised by their decision on this after the previous decision on the death penalty for child rapists. This ruling is the only thing that keeps me from believing they should all be chucked in the Potomac.