DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ET AL. v. HELLER

Argued March 18, 2008—Decided June 26, 2008 (US Supreme Court)
Opinion of the Court In sum, we hold that
the District’s ban
on handgun possession in the home violates the Second Amendment,
as does its prohibition against rendering any lawful firearm in the home
operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense. Assuming that Heller
is not disqualified from the exercise of Second Amendment rights,
the District must permit him to register his handgun and
must issue him a license to carry it in the home.

(The text of the full decision, including the dissent,
is available for download here in PDF format)

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from the VOA (Voice of America News site)-Edited for the sake of clarity/brevity
US Supreme Court Says Washington DC Gun Ban Unconstitutional

By VOA News
26 June 2008

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down Washington D.C.'s ban on handguns,
saying individuals have the right to own guns.

In a 5-to-4 landmark decision Thursday, the high court struck down the 32-year-old ban,
saying it violates the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The court also struck down the city's requirement that legally-owned firearms
be equipped with trigger locks or kept disassembled in the home,
saying that makes it impossible for citizens to use arms for the lawful purpose of self-defense.

The court noted that long-standing gun restrictions remain in place -
such as prohibitions on felons and the mentally ill from possessing guns
and restrictions on carrying firearms in schools and government buildings.

The second amendment says that because "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 court ruled today that this does not limit gun ownership to service in a militia.

The decision could have a wide impact on restrictions on gun ownership in the United States.

The White House says U.S. President George Bush strongly agrees with the decision
and is pleased that the court concluded that Washington D.C.'s firearm laws
violate the individual right of Americans to keep and bear arms.

Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty said he wished the court had ruled to uphold the ban,
but added that the city will respect the decision.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain hailed the court's decision,
saying it recognizes that gun ownership is a fundamental right that is "sacred,
just as the right to free speech and assembly."