The Discerning Texan
-- Edmund Burke
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
New Hope for Gun Owners?
Glenn Reynolds adds:
Somin is right about one thing: the Bush Administration's Amicus Brief was a disgrace. But from what I heard from the justices today, it seems that there may be at least 5 lined up to say once and for all that "militias" have nothing whatsoever with the right of individuals to bear arms and to defend themselves. And that would be one hell of a good start.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: U.S. Supreme Court seems poised to strike down D.C. handgun ban. I certainly hope so, though GOP partisans might prefer that it went the other way, since that would make a McCain presidency much more likely.
UPDATE: More here. Predicting votes based on oral arguments is iffy, but there seems to be a lot of agreement that there are at least 5 votes here. I hope that's right.
MORE: Ilya Somin: "Unlike some of my co-conspirators I don't have the expertise to opine on the question of how far a constitutional right to bear arms should extend. However, experience in other areas of constitutional law suggests that any victory for individual rights will be a hollow one if the Court defers to the government in determining how broad the right should be."
Stay tuned, but things are looking good.