Gun Control Holds Firm After High Court Case


Federal courts have issued more than 80 rulings interpreting last spring’s Supreme Court decision that threw out Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban, says the New York Times. The newspaper concludes that the high court case “is firing blanks.” The courts have upheld federal laws banning gun ownership by people convicted of felonies and some misdemeanors, by illegal immigrants, and by drug addicts. They have upheld laws banning machine guns and sawed-off shotguns. They have upheld laws making it illegal to carry guns near schools or in post offices. They have upheld laws concerning concealed and unregistered weapons.

“The [Supreme Court’s] Heller case is a landmark decision that has not changed very much at all,” said law Prof. Adam Winkler of the University of California, Los Angeles, who keeps a running tally of decisions based on the case. “To date, the federal courts have not invalidated a single gun control law on the basis of the Second Amendment since Heller.” There is one arguable exception to this trend. Two judges struck down a part of the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which says that people accused of child pornography offenses must be prohibited from possessing guns while they await trial.

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