Court Overturns DC Handgun
decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit in the case of Parker, et al v. the District of Columbia
overturning the District of Columbia�s handgun ban on Second Amendment
grounds, the Violence Policy Center released the following statement:
Today�s split decision
by the Court of Appeals to overturn the District of Columbia�s handgun
ban is not only contrary to the overwhelming weight of legal authority,
but will certainly increase gun death and injury among District residents
and increase the risks faced by the law enforcement personnel who protect
all residents and workers in Washington, DC.
If the ruling in this
case is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, it has the potential to lay
the groundwork for literally every local, state, and federal gun law in
America to be challenged: from the federal ban on gun possession by felons,
to the ban on carrying guns onto airplanes, to the ban on the manufacture
of fully automatic machine guns for civilian use.
While today�s decision
is a dream come true for America�s gun lobby and gunmakers, it may mark
the beginning of a long, national nightmare from which we will never recover
as a nation.
The Violence Policy Center is a
national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence
in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals.
The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research
on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related
death and injury.
Friday, March 9, 2007
Violence Policy Center
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