Supreme Court Will Hear Landmark Gun Case

Hearing will be first on the topic in 68 years
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2007 1:17 PM CST
Justices Stephen Breyer, John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court agreed today to hear its first case on the meaning of the Second Amendment in 68 years. At question is the scope of the “right to bear arms”: A circuit court ruled last year that it applied to individuals' guns, but the city of Washington argued it guaranteed only a collective right for groups such as the National Guard, SCOTUSblog reports.

In taking up the city's appeal, the court specified it would tackle the DC handgun ban’s deepest questions. The Supremes will address whether the 31-year-old law violates the “rights of individuals who are not affiliated with any state-regulated militia, but who wish to keep handguns and other firearms for private use.”