Friday, March 09, 2007


WOW! Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia made bigger news than even I had thought it would in Parker v. District of Columbia. Contrary to all other Circuits to have addressed the issue, save for the Fifth Circuit, the court found that the Second Amendment protects and individual right to keep and bear arms. As I stated earlier, this is BIG, REALLY BIG. See coverage here.

UPDATE: Eugene Volokh has some interesting thoughts on the timing of an appeal from the decision, similar, but more detailed, to mine from my previous post. Also, it bears pointing out that although the Fifth Circuit adopted the individual right interpretation of the Second Amendment in the Emerson decision, it did not strike-down the law in question. Today's case did. To my knowledge this is the first time in history that a federal appellate court has struck-down a gun control law on Second Amendment grounds.

It also should be noted that our Grand Master has different views from those of the D.C. Circuit. I wonder what his reaction to today's news is?


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