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District to Take Gun Case to the Supreme Court
Today, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, joined by Attorney General Linda Singer and Police Chief Cathy Lanier, announced that the District of Columbia will seek to uphold the city's 30-year-old gun law and petition the U.S. Supreme Court to review the D.C. Circuit Court's decision in Parker v. District of Columbia.
"We have made the determination that this law can and should be defended and we are willing to take our case to the highest court in the land to protect the city's resident," said Mayor Fenty. "Our handgun law has saved countless lives — keeping guns out of the hands of those who would hurt others or themselves."
On March 9, 2007, in a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down a District of Columbia ban on keeping handguns in homes as a violation of the Second Amendment. The decision did not address provisions barring possession of guns outside the home. The law has been in place for more than 30 years.
The ruling marked the first time that a federal appeals court has struck down a gun regulation on the grounds that the Second Amendment protects an individual's rights to bear arms. On May 8, the full DC Circuit Court denied the District's petition for rehearing en banc in the case over the dissent of four judges.
After careful review and consideration, Fenty and Singer decided to take the city's case to the Supreme Court, which has not taken up the issue of the Second Amendment in almost 70 years.
To meet the 90-day deadline to file a petition for certiorari, Attorney General Singer today will file a 30-day extension so that the city may file its request with the high court on September 5th.
"The Second Amendment does not prevent the District of Columbia, like other states, from enacting reasonable regulations to limit gun possessions and protect its residents. We believe that we are right as a matter of law and are hopeful we will prevail," said Singer.
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