The Supreme Court looks ready to declare Washington, DC’s handgun ban unconstitutional, the LA Times report. The justices heard oral arguments in the landmark Second Amendment case today, and swing voter Anthony Kennedy said, “In my view, there is a general right to bear arms.” At issue is whether the provision applies only to state militias or if it protects an individual right to own weapons.
The case is critical because it’s unprecedented: The high court has never used the amendment to strike down gun laws or to protect ownership rights. The four liberal justices appeared ready to defend the ban, considered the strictest in the country. John Paul Stevens said the right protected only “the common defense,” but the chief justice was indignant about the District’s law: “Why is that a reasonable regulation?”