Washington, D.C., residents who successfully challenged the city’s handgun ban urged the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday to review the case, saying it presents a “unique opportunity” for the court to recognize that the Consdtitution’s Second Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, the Washington Post reports. It is rare for the winning side to agree with the losing side that its case should be reviewed, but the residents want a ruling by the justices that would allow courts across the U.S. to strike gun prohibitions and gun control measures that they think infringe on an individual’s rights.
The D.C. law is one of the nation’s strictest — a virtual ban on private handgun ownership and a requirement that rifles and shotguns be stored unloaded and disassembled or outfitted with a trigger lock. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled 2 to 1 that the law was unconstitutional. The residents challenging the law say that the city erroneously says that residents can keep rifles and shotguns for their self-defense. They say the only way they can do that under the statute would be by “throwing it at an assailant or by wielding it as a club.” The residents’ say D.C.’s “31-year experiment with gun prohibition” has been a “complete failure.”