Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Court Takes No Action On Gun Case

h/t The War On Guns


Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 10:02 am
Lyle Denniston

Update 10:44 a.m.

Update 10:21 a.m.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday announced no action on a new case testing the meaning of the Second Amendment — an issue the Court has not considered in 68 years. The Orders List contained no mention of either the District of Columbia’s appeal (07-290) or a cross-petition by
challengers to the city’s flat ban on private possession of handguns (07-335). The next date for possible action on these cases is likely to be Nov. 26, following a pre-Thanksgiving Conference of the Justices set for Tuesday, Nov. 20.

The Court, of course, does not explain inaction. But among the possible reasons for delaying the case are these: one or more Justices simply asked for more time to consider the two cases; the Court may be rewriting the question or questions it will be willing to review — especially in view of the disagreement between the two sides on what should be at issue; the Court may have voted initially to deny review of one or both cases and one or more Justices are writing a dissent from the denial. The appeal in 07-290 (District of Columbia v. Heller) raises the key issue about the Second Amendment’s meaning — that is, whether it guarantees an individual right to have a handgun for private use, at least in one’s home — and the appeal in 07-335 (Parker v. District of Columbia) poses a question about who may bring lawsuits to challenge laws before they are actively enforced. Together, the cases thus present a somewhat complex mix for the Court, and it perhaps was not much of a surprise that no order issued on Tuesday. At no point is there likely to be an answer as to what happened to bring about the delay. Both cases are expected to be re-listed for the Nov. 20 Conference.


I have no confidence in the Supreme Court to decide in favor of gun ownership. They will announce their intentions on Nov 20. If they decide to hear the appeal, I pray that Justices Kennedy and Scalia side with individual right of gun ownership. I don't believe many people are taking bets on which way this will fall out. Of course, the anti-gun gnomes have nothing to lose by forcing the issue, if now now, then most certainly in the near future.

Personally, I think the Brady Bunch have an uphill battle, however the court rules. There's just too many folks, like myself, who will insist on having guns to protect themselves, their families, and their property - whatever the government may think about it.

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