D.C. Gun Ban Critic: Court Must Clarify Constitution

Melissa Block talks with Ted Cruz, Texas solicitor general and the drafter of a friend-of-the-court brief signed by 31 state attorneys general asking the Supreme Court to strike down the Washington, D.C., ban on handguns.

Cruz argues that the Supreme Court should clear up years of arguments over whether that right applies to state militias, and state strongly that the right applies to individual citizens.

High Court to Hear Challenge to D.C. Gun Ban

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in District of Columbia v. Heller. The case pits arguments for the individual right to own and use guns against the most restrictive gun laws in the country.

Melissa Block talks with Michael Troncoso, San Francisco assistant district attorney and one of the drafters of a friend-of-the-court briefing that asks the Supreme Court to uphold the D.C. laws.

He says states and cities have to be able to impose reasonable restrictions on gun ownership.

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