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Old 11-20-2007, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone want to take bets?

We're either going to have a lot of gun laws repealed or we better get ready to bend over and grab our ankles...
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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or we better get ready to bend over and grab our ankles...
Boat accident.... hopefully since the conservative judges out number the liberal judges we will win.

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Old 11-20-2007, 10:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Here is the way the Court phrased the granted issue:

“The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted limited to the following question: Whether the following provisions — D.C. Code secs. 7-2502.02(a)(4), 22-4504(a), and 7-2507.02 — violate the Second Amendment rights of individuals who are not affiliated with any state-regulated militia, but who wish to keep handguns and other firearms for private use in their homes?”

The first listed section bars registration of pistols if not registered before Sept. 24, 1976; the second bars carrying an unlicensed pistol, and the third requires that any gun kept at home must be unloaded and disassembled or bound by a lock, such as one that prevents the trigger from operating.

Since it was granted with that terminology - not sure if I like it.
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Me either. I pointed out the problems with that phrasing in the other thread in CC.
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Old 11-20-2007, 12:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My prediction:
They'll issue a ruling on so narrow an issue as to be utterly worthless in any other case.

The writ granted is already so narrow as to be a ridiculous fallback: "violate the Second Amendment rights of individuals" already has stepped around the question of whether the Second Amendment protects individual or community rights.

OTOH, how much weight does the writ itself carry? The Second Amendment only protects one (set of) right(s) (using plural in parentheses because I really don't see "keep and bear" as separate rights, but some may), and if the writ recognizes it as a right of individuals already, one which DC might be infringing upon, then that there screams "individual right" to me already.
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