GUN Federal Court Upholds DC Hand Gun Ban

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  1. Ichabod Crane

    Ichabod Crane Active Member

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    Federal Court Upholds DC Hand Gun Ban
    Wed Jan 14,10:13 PM ET

    By MARTY NILAND, Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Wednesday upheld the District of Columbia's gun control law that prohibits ownership of handguns, rejecting a legal challenge by a group of citizens backed by the National Rifle Association.

    U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton dismissed the lawsuit in which the plaintiffs argued that the 28-year-old law violated their Second Amendment right to own guns. The D.C. law prohibits ownership or possession of handguns and requires that others, such as shotguns, be kept unloaded, disassembled or equipped with trigger locks.


    Walton ruled that the Second Amendment is not a broad-based right of gun ownership.


    "The Second Amendment does not confer an individual a right to possess firearms. Rather, the Amendment's objective is to ensure the vitality of state militias," Walton wrote.


    He went on to say that the amendment was designed to protect the citizens against a potentially oppressive federal government.


    He also ruled that the Second Amendment does not apply to the district because it was intended to protect state citizens, and the district is not a state.


    A gun control advocate welcomed the ruling.


    "It's a big victory for those who overwhelmingly believe that we need fewer guns on our streets, not more," said Matt Nosanchuk, a spokesman for the Violence Policy Center.


    Andrew Arulanandam, an NRA spokesman, said the group's lawyers had not seen the ruling on Wednesday night but noted that other courts have taken the opposite opinion.

    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040115/ap_on_go_su_co/gun_law
     
  2. kellyclan

    kellyclan She only loves you when she's drunk.

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    Sounds like Reggie can't read.

    Interesting point about the state/D.C. issue, but again, it doesn't say "the right of a state's people shall.."

    On the other hand, after this line:
    "He went on to say that the amendment was designed to protect the citizens against a potentially oppressive federal government."

    i'd be interested to see how he would defend a ban on assault weapons, since they are the most appropriate weapons for the task he believes the law is limited to.
     
  3. Ichabod Crane

    Ichabod Crane Active Member

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    Shit! Bush appointed him too:
    What an asshole!

    http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/walton-bio.html
     
  4. Furner

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    the state/district thing makes some sense, it is shit, but it does make sense, but if they wanted to pull that shit, they should stop taxing an unrepresented public
     
  5. OPM Inc.

    OPM Inc. OT Supporter

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    Wonder what the crime rates are in DC.
     
  6. hotsauce

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    Pretty bad.
     
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    Furner New Member

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    actually i did research a while ago regarding DC crime rates, and i dont remember figures, but in several major areas of crime, rapes, assault/weapon, ect, little dipshit niles, michigan was worse..
     
  8. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    It actually doesn't make sense at all, and it doesn't match up with scholarship on the 2nd Amendment.
     
  9. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Washington D.C. Crime rates, compared to two other cities of comparable size with more relaxed gun laws. From the FBI 1999 Uniform Crime Report.
    All numbers except population are rates per 100,000 population, and "VC means Violent Crime:

    Code:
    			  Murder    Robbery	Agg Aslt  Rapes	  Total VC
    Washington, DC	519,000	  46.4	    644.3	889.2	  47.8	  1580.0
    Albuquerque, NM	420,169	  11.4	    396.7	790.2	  52.4	  1250.7
    DC > ABQ	+23.52%	  +306.47%  +62.4%	+12.53%	  -8.74%  +26.33%
    Richmond, VA	196,505	  36.6	    526.7	522.1	  56.0	  1085.5
    DC > RCH	+164.12%  +26.73%   +22.33%	+70.31%	  -15.41% +45.56%
    RCH > ABQ	-53.23%	  +220.73%  +32.76%	-33.93%	  +7.88%  -13.21%
    
    It's pretty bad there.
     
  10. OPM Inc.

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    At least with this ban, the bad guys won't be able to use firearms to commit crimes. :rolleyes:
     

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