Court’s gun-control decision will protect individual rights

Freedom New Mexico

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller might not have been as sweeping in its scope as we might have preferred. In practice it is likely to permit any number of gun-control laws to which we would object because they are too impractical, expensive, intrusive and ineffective to be considered constitutional. Nonetheless it was a landmark decision, and decided correctly on almost all counts.

The case arose from the District of Columbia’s uniquely restrictive 1976 gun-control law, which banned outright the possession of handguns and that required legal guns to be kept unloaded and disassembled or with a trigger lock.