Washington, D.C., will ask the Supreme Court to uphold a long-time ban on handguns that was overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in March, the Washington Post reported. “We have made the determination that this law can and should be defended,” said Mayor Adrian Fenty. Some gun-control advocates worry that the city’s decision could jeopardize a variety of gun-control laws on the books around the nation if the Supreme Court should issue a ruling broadly interpreting the Constitution’s Second Amendment.
In a 2-1 decision, the lower court said that the city’s prohibition on residents’ keeping handguns in their homes is unconstitutional. The city’s three-decade-old gun ban was challenged by six D.C. residents who said they wanted to keep guns in their homes for self-defense.