Supreme Court to hear 2nd Amendment case this term

Hold onto your hats: for the first time since 1939, the U.S. Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will hear a Second Amendment case.

The case challenges a D.C. Circuit Court opinion which ruled that the District of Columbia’s gun-control ordinances — which bar registration of handguns, prohibit carrying a pistol without a license, and require all lawfully-owned firearms to be either trigger-locked or unloaded and disassembled — are unconstitutional.

New York Times’ Supreme Court correspondent Linda Greenhouse reports that oral arguments are scheduled for March, with a decision likely to come in June, thus increasing the likelihood of gun control becoming a key issue in the presidential campaign.

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