Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I would have been interested in this case five years ago.

But now it's moot.

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will determine whether the District of Columbia's strict firearms law violates the Constitution, a decision that will raise the politically and culturally divisive issue of gun control just in time for the 2008 elections.

The court's examination of the meaning of the Second Amendment for the first time in nearly 70 years carries broad implications for gun-control measures locally and across the country.


Since there no longer is such a thing as territorial jurisdiction, any decision would apply only to members of the political unions in question. So you could have a member of PPU New York and PPU USov walking side-by-side down the street in any territory. The PPU New York member would be prohibited from carrying a sidearm whereas the USov member would have that right.

It's an interesting aspect of this New Political Landscape.