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MARK GARRISON: Thank you, Mike. The Supreme Court's decision slapping down Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban split the justices five to four. Now, the next battle begins as both sides fight to influence what the ruling means on the ground. NPR's Nina Totenberg has more.
NINA TOTENBERG: Pro- and anti-gun forces agree on just one thing. It will take years of battling the court before there are clear lines drawn on what is and is not constitutional regulation of guns. Paul Helmke is president of the Brady Campaign against gun violence.
Mr. PAUL HELMKE (President, The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence): I think it's wide open. I think you can make an argument to challenge almost any gun regulation out there.
TOTENBERG: Chris Cox is chief lobbyist for the National Rifle Association
Mr. CHRIS W. COX (Executive Director, National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action): This fight is only beginning.
TOTENBERG: Among the questions on the table, are gun registration laws constitutional? Or waiting periods? What about laws banning armor-piercing bullets or assault weapons? It's not even certain that the court's decision yesterday applies to state and local laws.
GARRISON: NPR's Nina Totenberg reporting. The presidential candidates were quick to react. Republican John McCain welcomed the ruling. Democrat Barack Obama didn't say whether the agreed with the court or not. His campaign's carefully-worded statement said he supports individual gun rights, but also the ability for local government to regulate guns.
Obama is helping out his former rival Hillary Clinton. Her campaign is heavily in debt. Obama personally donated 4600 dollars. That is the legal limit. Obama is telling his top donors to help her out, too.
Politicians sometimes use subtle gestures to get a message across, a sly literary illusion, a witty turn of phrase, but sometimes subtlety doesn't cut it. They need to sure they'll penetrate even the thickest of skulls. For example, message, Obama and Clinton are unified against McCain. Method, hold a rally with both candidates in the town of Unity, New Hampshire. Get it now? NPR's Don Gonyea has more from that state.
DON GONYEA: For the first time since Senator Clinton conceded defeat in the race for the Democratic nomination, she'll attend a rally aimed at bringing a party, divided by the fiercely contested primary battle, together for the fall election. Senator Clinton has already endorsed Senator Obama, but today she begins the process of working to build support for him against Republican John McCain.
The event takes place in the very small town of Unity, New Hampshire, not far from the Vermont border. The name of the town is the message of the day that the election will be close but that every Democrat needs to get behind Obama, no matter who they supported in the primaries. A new poll shows that just half of those who backed Senator Clinton say they're now ready to vote for Obama. It's an indication of how much healing the party has to do.
GARRISON: NPR's Don Gonyea reporting. To sports, where college freshmen made up all three top picks in the NBA Draft last night. That's a first in basketball history. Chicago Bulls had the number one pick. They took Memphis guard Derrick Rose. In soccer, or football, if you prefer, the European Championship Final is set. Spain beat Russia three to nothing yesterday. They'll take on Germany Sunday for the title. That is your news and your sports. It's always online at npr.org.
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