Friday, March 09, 2007

The Nanny State Takes a Hit

From the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court overturned the District of Columbia's long- standing handgun ban Friday, rejecting the city's argument that the Second Amendment right to bear arms applied only to militias.
In a 2-1 decision, the judges held that the activities protected by the Second Amendment "are not limited to militia service, nor is an individual's enjoyment of the right contingent upon his or her continued intermittent enrollment in the militia."
The court also rejected the specious argument, that could only arise in the mind of a lawyer, that DC residents aren't covered by the Second Amendment because they don't live in a state.