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U.S. Court of Appeals Affirms Earlier <EM>Parker </EM>Ruling

Friday, May 11, 2007

On Tuesday, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit, declined to review the decision in Parker v. District of Columbia -- the case in March that upheld the Second Amendment as an individual right and struck down Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban.  The decision not to review the case means that an earlier ruling by the three-judge panel will stand. 

In commenting on the decision, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty noted that the District’s gun ban is "…a critical part of the District’s crime-control strategy."  This strategy, of course, has been an abysmal failure, as year in and year out, D.C., currently the nation’s murder capital, ranks at or near the top of the list of the nation’s most violent cities.

The city now has 90 days to decide whether it wishes to petition the Supreme Court to hear the case. 

Stay tuned to future Grassroots Alerts for additional developments on this story.

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