June 26 (Bloomberg) -- A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution protects individual gun rights, striking down the District of Columbia's handgun ban and raising election- year questions about weapons restrictions elsewhere.  
 
The 5-4 ruling resolves a constitutional question that had lurked for two centuries: whether the Second Amendment covers people who aren't affiliated with a state-run militia.  
 
``The enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table,'' Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the majority. ``These include the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home.''  
 
Scalia said the ruling doesn't cast doubt on concealed weapons bans or laws barring handgun possession by convicted felons and the mentally ill. Still, the decision may make gun restrictions in Chicago, New York City and other cities more vulnerable to legal challenges.  
 
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rover77: I am pleased with ruling so far but confess I am surprised it wasn't 9-0....On the other hand I guess us uncouth,ignorant hicks understand the bill of rights better than...a number of previous attorney,generals ,mayors,governors,presidents,and presidential candidates....scary
cornpone: Yee,Haw.
rover77: No...its HEE HAW
FoolProof: Me? Naw.
rover77: C -ya
FoolProof: O-No.
Fluffy:  
A 5-4 decision would indicate that nearly half of the Supreme Court think differently on this issue, putting all the people you've got an inferiority complex about in fairly safe company.  
 
D.C should think about prohibiting sales of handguns within city limits and transportation of handguns into the city. Possession would be allowed, sales and transportation prohibited.
Mac: >>A 5-4 decision would indicate that nearly half of the Supreme Court think differently on this issue.  
 
Not really...read the opinions. None of the justices subscribed to the 'collective rights' stance...that is that all justices affirmed that the 2nd amendment refers to individual rights.
rover77: 'D.C should think about prohibiting sales of handguns within city limits and transportation of handguns into the city. Possession would be allowed, sales and transportation of handguns also prohibited.'Thats funny!!I mean DC barred owning,possessing,transporting and using handguns many moons ago,along with armed robbery ,murder etc..but just one more carefully worded statute will put an end to that nonsense....
FoolProof: There is no violence problem in DC.
SpearmintFur: I disagree.  
 
Washington D.C. is filled with liars, thieves, and con men who I wouldn't trust a bowling ball, and I'm just talking about the people who run the place!