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Supreme Court hears arguments on gun ownership

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday took up gun control, hearing arguments concerning a District of Columbia ban on handguns more than two centuries after the Second Amendment gave Americans the right to "keep and bear arms."

Lawyers for both sides tried to strike a moderate tone before the court, arguing that there was an individual right to own a weapon, but that governments could impose reasonable gun-control legislation.

Alan Gura, arguing against the ban on Tuesday before the court said the city "simply doesn't trust the people to protect themselves in their homes."

But Walter Dellinger, a lawyer for the District of Columbia, said there should be a "a reasonable standard" to allow cities to pass gun-control legislation.

More than 100 people stood in line outside the court for a chance at one of the few seats to hear the arguments in person.

Jason McCrory and his friends were the first in line, having arrived Sunday.

He said he supports "the right of people to keep and bear arms... to protect themselves against the dangers they are presented with."

But Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pennsylvania, said before the hearing that the government had the right to limit gun ownership.

"There should be reasonable control for access to guns and particularly handguns," he said. "Even if (the Supreme Court finds) that people have the right to bear arms, governments have a right to reasonable controls on firearms -- where and under what circumstances people have a right to have them."

The issue has polarized judges, politicians and the public for decades: do the Second Amendment's 27 words bestow gun ownership as an individual right, or a collective one -- aimed at the civic responsibilities of state militias -- and therefore subject perhaps to strict government regulation.

That provision states, "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."

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In the time this was written a well regulated militia was composed of "citizens",there was no National Guard! What will be the SC's decision? I believe they will decide right down the middle. This is a politically charged issue and they are very aware of this. They will try to find the middle ground.
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I find it tough for them to side with the gun control groups...

That would be saying that this country was misinterpreting the constitutional law for the last 200 years...
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I find it tough for them to side with the gun control groups...

That would be saying that this country was misinterpreting the constitutional law for the last 200 years...
Exactly..today we have very few maverics on the SC,they have been weeded out. I look for a decision that will somehow take a "middle" ground. For example..Responsible Gun Ownership.
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I think it's important to distinguish between gun "control" and gun abolition.
Most people support some form of gun control. Issues like "automatic weapons" or "armor piercing bullets" don't have support for unfettered access.

What is at stake here is essentially "abolition", which I don't support.
The city's 31-year-old law has prevented most private citizens from owning and keeping handguns in their homes.
I have heard the argument that the courts have "upheld" an ideal that the 2nd amendment only guarantees an armed militia. (Not sure how accurate that is.)

Regardless, if our founding fathers had intended only that, I think that it would be impossible to argue against that they did not see a possibility of forbidding gun ownership. If the above is true, they just didn't foresee any possibility that such a right could be restricted in such an extreme fashion.


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Exactly..today we have very few maverics on the SC,they have been weeded out. I look for a decision that will somehow take a "middle" ground. For example..Responsible Gun Ownership.
Especially considering the "conservative / liberal" make-up of the court, I agree.
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