Skip to comments.Justices to release audio in guns case (D.C. v. Heller)
Posted on 03/04/2008 6:53:13 PM PST by neverdem
The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will quickly release audio tapes after the March 18 argument over gun rights. The case from the District of Columbia could resolve whether the Constitution gives individuals the right to own guns and, if so, whether the government may still strictly regulate gun ownership, including a ban on handguns.
The immediate, same-day release of audio tapes following arguments in major cases started in the 2000 presidential election, when the justices decided appeals of the Florida recount controversy in favor of George W. Bush.
The court has twice this term provided same-day audio. It was made available in cases involving the rights of prisoners detained by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the method of execution by lethal injection.
The court records arguments and ordinarily releases them at the end of each term. With television cameras barred from the court and reporters prohibited from using tape recorders in the courtroom, the availability of audio provides the public with a chance to hear the justices at work.
The case is District of Columbia v. Heller, 07-290.
They will have read all of the briefs, and have their questions for the oral arguments prepared, IMHO
I thought they were going to release a ruling in a few months?
It will probably take them that long to write their opinions, concurring and dissenting.
Legacy shmegacy. The administration had nothing to do with this; the credit goes to gun-owning individuals and member organizations (GOA, NRA, 2A Sisters, etc.) who have stood firm and not backed down in the face of unconstitutional restrictions and "laws."
Let's not forget the brief filed by the current administration's solicitor general -- not at all helpful to the constructionist argument.
Yes, Justice Ginsburg could very well hold for the individual right. She is astutely aware of what happened in Germany during the 1930’s and 1940’s, after all.
Sometimes the answer is in the question. In Bush v. Gore, when Justice Souter asked about the different standards in different Florida counties, I was able to guess the outcome.
I believe that if SCOTUS upholds an individual right, then jurisdictions like Chicago and other places in Illinois that ban handguns will be challenged, setting the stage for "incorporating" the Second Amendment, i.e. making it explicitly apply to all the states. Corrections from CongressmanBillybob will be appreciated.
Maybe I could be a competent amateur gunsmith in that time. Before they’re outlawed
IF the court is politically savvy, they will offer red meat to both sides, and a 5 to 4 ruling will do that, as you have outlined.
A lot of HEAVILY ARMED people, right?
“The decision will come back as a 5 to 4 (Kennedy will uphold citizens rights, with Alito, Thomas, Roberts & Scalia).”
From your lips to God’s ears.
...And I am not being funny either!
Not difficult at all. DC is under direct federal jurisdiction. They could restrict the federal government's power to regulate firearms without touching the state governments' power to do so.
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But you must realize, it ought to be 9 to 0 to uphold what is clearly declared in the Constitution, but the court has become such a sick political animal that they will rule to uphold the Constitution but it will be oh so close, as if a new challenge could change the outcome! Look at Lawrence v Texas and Stenberg v Carhardt ... the court nolonger functions to affirm the Constitution, it sits to make law. Disgusting
Unfortunately, I'm afraid, you would get what the Branch Davidians got -- and probably run by the same General (Wesley Clark). AR-15's against helicopter gunships and M1 Abrams? Or maybe you have a source for stuff to make IED's?
IN OTHER WORDS....’READ IT AND WEEP, GUN GRABBERS’
What good is a federal right if any state can abolish it? Such a right is worthless. And therefore, not what the Framers were talking about when they wrote the Bill of Rights.
Incidentally, Lawrence v. Texas is cited in the Heller brief filed by the Pink Pistols, a gay gun-rights group.
The guys in the gunships and tanks have to land and get out eventually.
Please!! Are you insane? The "fix" is in on this case. Those in power have known that votes for gun control have been unpopular, but a court decision against the 2nd Amendment will take the decision out of the politicians hands and "seal the deal" for them to finally remove the last obstacle converting Americans from citizens to subjects.
The ATF and Feds will be waiting in running cars to pounce upon every FFL dealer in the US within minutes of the "fixed" decision (could even be a 6 to 3 against the 2nd) being announced and collect their dealer Transfer books. With this information in hand the terror of gun owner will REALLY begin with "examples" being made in the country side of people not willing to turn in their firearms. Any other firearms owners not complying with the new "decision" from the Court will have their information turned over to the IRS and will have their assets frozen and wages confiscated.
While all this is going on, the media will be blitzing the country like you never have seen! Firearms owners will be equated to domestic terrorist, and that it is every citizens duty to turn in those who they know own firearms. The children will be used extensively in this campaign to rat out their parents and friends.
Just you wait and see ... firearms ownership will go out, not with a bang, but with a whimper.
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