Court Rules In Favor Of Second Amendment Gun Right

Update: Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Americans' 2nd Amendment right to bear arms:

"Texans have long held that it is a fundamental right of every law-abiding citizen to keep and bear arms. Affirmation from our country's highest court should unquestionably cement this right for future generations of Texans and Americans."

Residents in the District of Columbia can own handguns.

The Supreme Court ruled today that Americans have an individual right to own gun s for self-defense and hunting, ending the District's 32-year-old ban on handguns.

The court's 5-4 decision is the first major ruling on gun rights in U.S. history. The decision went further than even the Bush administration wanted, but probably leaves most gun control laws intact.

Justice Antonin Scalia writes in the majority opinion that the Constitution does not permit "the absolute prohibition of hand guns held and used for self-defense in the home."

He does say the ruling would not affect laws that ban felons and the mentally ill from owning guns or prohibit people from carrying guns in sensitive places like schools and government buildings.

Info courtesy of the Associated Press. / Cathryn Khalil