Randy Barnett on Heller in WSJ:

Our own Randy Barnett has an op-ed in today's WSJ, "Gun-Rights Showdown," discussing today's oral argument in D.C. v. Heller. Here's how it begins:

Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Heller v. District of Columbia, a suit brought by several D.C. citizens contending that the ban on the possession of operable firearms inside one's home violates the Second Amendment. The Circuit Court of Appeals for D.C. agreed and held the ban to be unconstitutional. However it is decided, Heller is already historic. For the first time in recent memory, the Supreme Court will consider the original meaning of a significant passage of the Constitution unencumbered by its own prior decisions. The majority and dissenting opinions in this case will be taught in law schools for years to come.

Read the whole thing.

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Hot Bench right now. Dellinger is sinking
3.18.2008 1:33pm
ChrisIowa (mail):
Any bets yet on the length of the written decisions?
3.18.2008 1:52pm
Ryan Waxx (mail):
How about bets on the NUMBER of written decisions? Maybe under these circumstances we'll see more separate concurring opinions than usual.
3.18.2008 2:21pm
chuck johnson (mail) (www):
I bet that we're going to see a 6-3 decision decided narrowly on former law enforcement retaining the right. I think, unfortunately, that the Court is going to allow D.C. to set up regulations that restrict handgun ownership, but find that the current regulations are too stiff.

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3.19.2008 12:23pm
chuck johnson (mail) (www):
Try this link instead.
3.19.2008 12:24pm