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DC mayor voices outrage over court decision striking down gun ban

Published: Mar. 9, 2007 at 10:19 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 12, 2007 at 12:16 PM EDT
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(Washington-AP) March 9, 2007 - The mayor of the nation's capital says he's "deeply disappointed" and "outraged" by an appeals court decision Friday striking down a long-standing Washington, DC law against owning handguns.

The court rejected the city's argument that the Second Amendment right to bear arms applies only to militias.

Mayor Adrian Fenty says the decision "flies in the face of laws that have helped decrease gun violence" in the city. He says the city will appeal - and that in the meantime, the law will be enforced.

The handgun ban went into effect in 1976.

The appeals court decision was two-to-one. The dissenting judge wrote that the Second Amendment doesn't apply to the District of Columbia because it isn't a state.

A constitutional law professor at George Washington University, Jonathan Turley, says the case is "well-positioned" for a review by the Supreme Court. It would be the first case in nearly 70 years to address the scope of the Second Amendment before the high court.

An official of the National Rifle Association says the decision gives DC "a crack in the door to join the rest of the country" in what he calls "full constitutional freedom."

Posted 5:19pm by Logan Smith