Vice President Signs Supreme Court Brief Pushing for End to D.C. Firearms Ban

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  1. sculker

    sculker New Member


    Vice President Signs Supreme Court Brief Pushing for End to D.C. Firearms Ban
    Saturday , February 09, 2008


    Vice President Cheney took the unusual step Friday of joining with lawmakers in signing a Supreme Court brief that goes further in support of gun rights than the one submitted by the Bush administration.

    The filings were made in a case that challenges the District of Columbia's ban on handguns. It was scheduled to be argued on March 18.

    Both briefs argue that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own guns. However, the administration contends that too categorical a ruling could threaten other federal gun restrictions and wants the justices to send the case back to lower courts without deciding whether the handgun ban should fall.

    Cheney joined more than 300 senators and representatives, led by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, who want the court to rule that Washington's ban is unconstitutional.

    "The vice president believes strongly in Second Amendment rights," Cheney spokeswoman Megan Mitchell said.

    Seventeen Democratic lawmakers and District of Columbia Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton urged the court to uphold the ban.

    Lawyers with long experience at the court could not recall another case in which a vice president took a position different from that of his own administration.,2933,330171,00.html
  2. hillbilly68

    hillbilly68 New Member

    Well at least there will be one glimmer of doing what is right out of a member of this anti-gun administration.

  3. Neener Neener

    Neener Neener New Member

    Even if we win this one, I am afraid it will be short-lived with the new Administration we will be getting from the next election.
  4. GlenJohnson

    GlenJohnson New Member

    No, now is the time we make sure we get the house and the senate back in control. We screwed up once and let it go. Once we have it back, then we can concentrate on 2012. Never give up hope, gang.
  5. bkt

    bkt New Member

    Agreed. Let's work on overhauling Congress.
  6. MarkoPo

    MarkoPo New Member

    Why do they say Cheney went against his own administration here? Is Bush against this bill or what?