Friday, March 14, 2008

Next Tuesday big day for the 2nd Amendment

Next Tuesday morning (March 18th) at 10AM Eastern time (7AM Pacific) a historic Second Amendment case will be heard in the Supreme Court of the US: Docket #: 07-290 titled: District of Columbia, et al., Petitioners v. Dick Anthony Heller. Heller was the party of the original lawsuit seeking to overturn DC's unconstitutional handgun & functional firearm ban who was found to have standing in the case because he had requested a handgun permit that was denied based on the DC law. Below is the exact wording of the question that the Supreme Court will be considering:

CERTIORARI GRANTED

07-290 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, ET AL. V. HELLER, DICK A.
The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted limited to
the following question: Whether the following provisions, D.C.
Code §§ 7-2502.02(a)(4), 22-4504(a), and 7-2507.02, violate the
Second Amendment rights of individuals who are not affiliated
with any state-regulated militia, but who wish to keep handguns
and other firearms for private use in their homes?
Each side of the case (City of DC asking the Supreme Court to overturn last year's lower court ruling that found its handgun & functional firearm ban to be unconstitutional, and Heller asking the Supreme Court to sustain the lower court ruling), is scheduled to be alloted half an hour to plead their case and answer questions of the Judges. The US Solicitor General will also get 15 minutes to make arguments. If no extension of time is granted than it will all be over sometime around 11:15 AM Eastern Time (8:15 AM Pacific).

C-Span requested that the audio of the arguments be released immediately following the end of the session, which has been granted. You can expect to be able to listen to the audio online at most of the following locations: C-Span America & the Courts, SCOUTUSBLOG, dcguncase.com, & nranews.com. Be sure to tune in to nranews.com next Tuesday evening at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific) to listen to excerpts of the arguments as well as interviews of the experts on how the arguments went.

A Supreme Court decision on the case is expected sometime in late June or Early July 2008. I think July the 4th 2008 would be an excellent time to restore the PREEXISTING but 2nd Amendment PROTECTED Freedom to BEAR ARMS to ALL of the American People (even those who live in Washington DC) in celebration of that very special day on July 4th, 1776 when WE THE PEOPLE declared our independence from a freedom squashing tyrannical government across the ocean:
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness . . .

3 comments:

Matt Jones said...

Hi Dustin, I own an airsoft guns blog and I'm wondering do you know what class of guns airsoft guns come under? I'm looking for information to tell my readers,

Thanks

Matt

Dustin said...

It varies from state to state. Federally airsoft guns are not considered guns in any of the Federal gun regulations that I'm aware of although for air travel you will want to check it in your luggage rather than bring it as a carry on. Some States do have some regulations for airsoft guns as far as where they can be shot etc. I believe some States do add to the penalty for using an airsoft gun in a crime impersonating a real weapon. I have heard of criminals being shot who were using airsoft guns in the commission of a crime where the intended victim did not know the criminal was using an airsoft gun.

bob said...

The Supreme Court prohibits television. They will release audio an hour or so after the oral arguments (special treatment for this case). If you watch CSPAN, Court TV, and that sort of thing, they will probably have reports earlier.