In a historic 5-4 decision Thursday, the Supreme Court declared for the first time that the Second Amendment protects an individual right -- not a collective or militia right -- to keep and bear firearms for self-defense. The ruling ended the Court's nearly 70-year aversion to considering the meaning of the amendment's oddly constructed language, but likely marks the beginning, not the end, of litigation over Second Amendment rights.
Supreme Court Strikes Down D.C. Gun Ban
June 27, 2008