Thursday, January 15, 2009

NRA and San Francisco reach settlement

From the city by the bay:
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association to challenge a San Francisco Housing Authority ban on gun possession in public housing has been settled.

The NRA sued the housing authority the day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 26, 2008, that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives individuals the right to possess guns.

Under the settlement, signed by U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson on Monday, the agency will no longer enforce a 2005 rule that prohibited the otherwise legal possession of guns and ammunition in public housing units.

Article here. While the settlement in favor of gun owner rights is good, this case was one of a number of possible lawsuits that might have reached and addressed the issue of whether the Second Amendment applies to state gun control laws. We'll have to see if any of the other cases get us to a ruling that the Second Amendment applies to the states, and not just the federal government.

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