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Supreme Court Decision on Whether To Hear Second Amendment Case May Come Nov. 13:

Lyle Denniston (SCOTUSblog) reports that the Court will consider the petition Nov. 9. That means it may announce the grant or denial of certiorari Nov. 13, though the Justices might delay it for a week or more in certain circumstances. "The case, if granted, would probably be heard in February or March."

UPDATE: Whoops, the link was wrong; fixed it, thanks to an anonymous commenter.

DonP (mail):
Reading the Amici briefs on this, with a spin on each that would put James Carville, Paul Begala and Rush Limbaugh combined to shame, is giving me a headache. There must be an easier way for the Supremes to arrive at a reasonable decision.

If SCOTUS grants cert,. how about a real "reasonable person" test of the district's laws, using their own claims as the yardstick ...

The DC attorney shall be given one shotgun, unloaded, (and with lock or disassembled as required by current DC law), as well as a brand new box of shotgun shells. These shall both be placed within a locker to simulate a closet, with the exception of the key, which shall be in the attorney's pocket.

The plaintiffs attorney shall be given one claw hammer and shall stand 28 feet away from the DC attorney, as an estimated distance from a front door, just kicked in by an angry drug dealer, to the back of the kitchen.

The judge shall activate a buzzer, at which time the attorneys will attempt to kill each other, and we will determine if the shotgun, stored as required by law, is indeed fully functional as currently claimed by said attorney and Mayor Fenty.

Fox TV please note, I have already applied for a copyright on this concept as my intellectual property for a possible Reality TV series for mid-season.
10.25.2007 12:01pm
Barry Kirk (mail) (www):
How about making it more realistic.

Give the simulated angry drug dealer a 9mm handgun. After all, I don't think that DC can reasonably claim that they have actually disarmed all of the drug dealers in the district.
10.25.2007 2:21pm
Edward Lunny (mail):
I think that both of you are entirely unrealistic and display a very distinct prejudice towards the legislative and law enforcement communities in D.C. It is thoroughly illogical and entirely unreasonable to think that the realities of life in D.C. should have any bearing on just how assinine firearms statutes are in the district. It is also laughable to think that those in the government and law enforcement in the district would be bound by those statutes that they use to disarm and victimise the residents of the district. This might be satirical, if it didn't appear to be the standard operating procedure in that small community of tyrannical stupidity known as the District of Columbia.
10.25.2007 4:43pm
Dan Hamilton:

The judge shall activate a buzzer, at which time the attorneys will attempt to kill each other, and we will determine if the shotgun, stored as required by law, is indeed fully functional as currently claimed by said attorney and Mayor Fenty


This is not fair to the DC Attorney. You are assuming that the attorney knows how to load and shoot a shotgun. This cannot be assumed. You are also assuming that the DC Attorney can recognize a threat and be able to use the key to unlock the safty lock on the shotgun.

What is most likely to happen is that the DC Attorney's actions will have everyone laughing and rolling on the floor. When he finaly gets the shotgun unlocked he will spend someting trying to fiqure out how to load it. When he finally does, he will not know which end is the dangerous one and will most likely shoot himself. If he manages not to shoot himself, the bystanders will be in the most danger.

What normally happens when a drug dealer breaks down the door of a DC Atorney. The drug dealer is mad that he had to stay in jail 3 hours, He wants to know why the attorney took so long to get him out.
10.26.2007 1:35pm