The US Supreme Court threw out the DC gun ban as unconstitutional today. In a 5-4 decision against the ban, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the majority:
The Constitution leaves the District of Columbia a variety of tools for combating that problem, including some measures regulating handguns, … But the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table. These include the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home.
The DC law, which was often broken, disallowed any gun ownership in the District of Columbia. Of course, the felons all had easy access to guns, so private citizens were left with an option of disobeying the law, or going defenseless. I don’t own a gun for defense, but those who wish to should be allowed, according to the Supreme Court, which has been very active the last few weeks.
A similar ban went into effect in Seattle, which must be looking very carefully at this ruling right now.
There will be more of an analysis on RightJuris. Of course, every shooting in DC will now be shown on the MSM, and blamed on this ruling.