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Statement of Rep. Mark Udall on Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in District of Columbia v. Heller

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Representative Mark Udall (D-Eldorado Springs) released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in the case District of Columbia v. Heller.

"Today, the United States Supreme Court made history by striking down a thirty-two year law regulating gun ownership in the District of Columbia. The most important part of the ruling is one that will inform all future debates about firearms, and that is the Court's ruling that the Second Amendment protects an individual right of law-abiding Americans to bear arms -- and not just a collective right.

"I appreciate the fact that the Supreme Court has finally given clearer direction on the breadth of this important part of our Constitution's Bill of Rights. I came to the view that Congress needed to respect this interpretation of the Second Amendment when the D.C. Court of Appeals issued its opinion in the Heller case more than a year ago. I read that decision carefully when it was first issued and found it to be persuasive.

"I am also in agreement with Justice Scalia, writing for the majority, who confirmed that nothing in this ruling should ‘cast doubt on long-standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons or the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings.' The Solicitor General's concern about how the decision might affect these limitations was what prompted me to decline signing the Congressional Amicus brief earlier this year."


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