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No Rehearing in Gun Rights Case

Posted May 9, 2007 11:09 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A federal appeals court has refused to rehear a decision holding that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms.

The March decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit struck down parts of a D.C. gun control law. Other federal appeals courts have found that the Constitution protects state militias rather than individual gun rights.

The denial of the petition for en banc rehearing brings the case a step close to Supreme Court review, according to the New York Times.

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said he was disappointed by the decision and will weigh the risks of seeking cert, according to the Washington Post.

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