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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2008

CONTACT: Suzanne Bibby (202) 544-0353

High Court Takes Hiatus from Judicial Supremacy to Strike Down D.C. Gun Ban

Washington, D.C. — Eagle Forum, a leading pro-family organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, author of The Supremacists: The Tyranny of Judges and How to Stop It, praises the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling today which overturned the D.C gun ban. The case, District of Columbia v. Heller, was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 18, 2008 after the District of Columbia appealed the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which affirmed that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. The District's 32-year-old ban on handguns and its requirement that guns kept in the home be unloaded or inoperable at all times, even in cases of self-defense, violates that constitutional right. This case marks the first time since 1939 that a Second Amendment case has reached the Supreme Court.

"This gun decision is a rare breath of fresh air from the U.S. Supreme Court, whose judicial activism has been on high-profile display over the past few weeks," said Eagle Forum Executive Director Jessica Echard. "The goal of the gun-control advocates has long been to misuse the courts to obtain a result contrary to the will of the American people."

"The majority of Americans see the absurdity of gun control and recognize the valuable self-defense function of guns," stated Echard. "This is why no state in the country bans home possession of handguns, let alone all functional firearms, like Washington, D.C. Gun control is so unpopular, even the Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, dare not brag about his support for it."

"Not only was the D.C. gun ban a blatant violation of the Second Amendment, but it was a proven failure," said Echard. "It is one of the reasons D.C. has come to be known as the 'nation's murder capital.' The ban's only accomplishment was to assure criminals that the law-abiding citizens they were robbing, attacking, and targeting were unarmed and unable to defend themselves and their families."

"This decision, coupled with the rejection of every argument posed by the District of Columbia in favor of the ban, as well as New York's Second Circuit dismissal of a lawsuit against gun manufacturers in City of New York v. Beretta U.S.A. Corp., should be a signal to Congress to pass legislation that withdraws jurisdiction from the courts to hear Second Amendment cases," concluded Echard. " 'We the people' must return the judiciary to its proper place in our constitutional separation of powers system."

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