June 26th, 2008
10:26 AM ET
15 years ago

Justice rules city's handgun ban unconstitutional

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/US/06/26/scotus.guns/art.court.afp.gi.jpg caption=" A gun ownership supporter holds a placard in March outside the Supreme Court in Washington."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a sweeping handgun ban in the nation's capital, saying it violates Americans' constitutional right to "keep and bear arms."

Thursday's sharply divided 5-4 ruling gives constitutional validation to citizens seeking the right to possess one of the most common types of firearms in their homes. The gun control issue has been politically divisive for years, and the monumental decision is expected to have broad social and legal implications, especially in an election year.

Watch: What does the ruling mean?

The majority of justices disagreed with arguments that the Washington, D.C. government has broad authority to enact what local officials called "reasonable" weapons restrictions in order to reduce violent crime.

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  1. Doug

    Thank Goodness this is finally put to rest! The criminals already had guns and commited crimes, with the gun bans in place. Check the stats! What is an unarmed populous? Answer: Victims.
    read your constitution people, it's written in plain english

    June 26, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Sara

    June 26th, 2008 10:42 am ET

    "Obama is a Constitutional Law Scholar, I'd love to hear his views."

    I am sure his views will be what will make him elected............no principle like we are noticing him changing his words.

    June 26, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. John

    Read the Constitution, read the Bill of Rights, read the Declaration of Independence. In order to preserve our rights we need the right to bear arms. Our forefathers believed very strongly that in order to protect us from a repressive government the public has the right to protect itself. Why deny a person the ability to defend themselves and their family. Outlawing guns will only deny them to the citizen who obeys the law. Criminals will just break the law and have weapons. Ask Stalin, Hitler and Mao if guns should be illegal, They will agree with you completly that they should be.

    June 26, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Ken

    This was the correct decision on gun control. ALL of our laws need to be in line with the Constitution and the law makers need to realize that!

    June 26, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Sara

    une 26th, 2008 12:08 pm ET

    "Obama endorsed IL handgun ban. But now he says he is for the right to bear arms".

    We will see plenty of changing words and principles as his motto... "change" in everything .......

    June 26, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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