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Gun Ban Overturned in Testy Week for High Court

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Gun Ban Overturned in Testy Week for High Court

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Gun Ban Overturned in Testy Week for High Court

Gun Ban Overturned in Testy Week for High Court

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Americans have the right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, proclaimed the U.S. Supreme Court today in its first definitive ruling on gun rights in history. The 5-4 decision deems the District of Columbia's 32-year ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment.

The decision stems from just one of the contentious cases before the court this term. Just yesterday, the justices ruled against the death penalty as a fitting punishment for convicted child rapists.

D.C. Councilwoman and law professor Mary Cheh and Supreme Court appellate attorney Jonathan Franklin discuss the legal and emotional implications of this week's rulings.