Argument: The handgun ban prevents law abiding citizens from self defense

Issue Report: DC handgun ban

Supporting Evidence

  • Robert A. Levy , “Individual Ruling: D.C. Gun Ban Goes Down” National Review Online , March 13, 2007 “So, on policy grounds, there’s a compelling argument to be made that D.C. residents deserve an opportunity to defend themselves — especially since Parker deals with the possession of ordinary, garden variety handguns in private residences, not automatic weapons on city streets. But even if the argument were to cut the other way — even if the city could demonstrate (which it emphatically cannot) that more gun laws lead to less crime — this case is not just about policy. It’s about the meaning of the Constitution and, in particular, the militia clause of the Second Amendment.”
  • Robert A. Levy , “Fighting for Our Right to Bear Arms” Boston Globe , March 18, 2008 “But Washington’s law bans all handguns not registered before 1976 and requires that lawfully owned shotguns and rifles in the home be kept unloaded and either disassembled or bound by a trigger lock at all times. There is no exception for self-defense. Washington, often known as the “murder capital of the nation,” cannot defend its citizens and will not allow them to defend themselves.”