SCOTUS Looks Prepared to Strike Down DC Handgun Ban
Based on the justiceâ€™s demeanors and questions during todayâ€™s 2nd Amendment Supreme Court case, early guesses have the court overturning the DC handgun ban. There also looks to be a 5-4 split with the four most liberal justices bowing to the â€œcommon defenseâ€ interpretation of the amendment which focuses on the â€œmilitiaâ€ aspect as grounds for constitutionally restricting gun ownership.
The swing-vote is assumed to be Justice Anthony Kennedy and he seemed to be leaning to a more straight-forward interpretation that guarantees citizens the right to bear arms including handguns. A 5-4 split would be unfortunately predictable as it would reinforce the notion that our Constitution is completely malleable and wholly subject to the ideologies of our Supreme Court justices. For this issue, I would like to see some uncommon agreement between the liberals and conservatives on the court.
Weâ€™ll most likely have their decision sometime in June.