The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that Washington D.C.’s 32-year old law forbidding ownership of handguns is an unconstitutional restriction on the right to keep and bear arms. The decision upholds the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruling against the city’s gun ban in March 2007.
UPDATE: The ruling is here.
UPDATE II: While Bush administration’s official position was that the appeals court’s ruling was overly broad and would endanger federal gun-control measures, Vice President Dick Cheney broke from his own administration and publicly favored overturning the ban.
UPDATE III: In Nov. 2007, the Chicago Tribune reported that Sen. Barack Obama “believes the D.C. handgun law is constitutional.” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said today “that statement was obviously an inartful attempt to explain the Senator’s consistent position.” For his part, John McCain supported efforts in 2000 to close the gun show loophole. But in his quest for the presidency, McCain signed onto a brief challenging D.C.’s gun ban.