Individual's right to bear arms at issue

SUPREME COURT (AP) -- The Supreme Court will have the chance to define the meaning of the Second Amendment "right to keep and bear arms" by hearing arguments on the matter today.

The court is taking up a dispute over Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban.

At issue is whether the Constitution protects an individual's right to own guns or if that right is tied to service in a state militia.

Even if the high court determines individuals have the right to own guns, the justices will still have to decide whether the 32-year handgun ban in the District can stand.

The case is among the most closely watched of the term because the current nine justices and their predecessors have given no definitive answer on gun rights.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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