Statement on DC Gun Ban Ruling
Thornberry Pleased with Supreme Court's Decision to Uphold 2nd Amendment Rights
Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) today issued the following statement following a Supreme Court ruling that the District of Columbia cannot ban its citizens from owning guns:
"This is one of the most significant victories for the Second Amendment in American history, and I am pleased that the Court reaffirmed each citizen's constitutional right to keep and bear arms. The right to bear arms and defend oneself now clearly applies to every law-abiding American, even those who live in Washington, D.C.," Congressman Thornberry said.
Before this holding, Thornberry, along with 250 Representative and 55 Senators, signed an amicus brief urging the justices to uphold this right. It was the largest number of Members of Congress to ever sign an amicus brief sent to the Supreme Court. The ruling re-affirms that the right to bear arms is an individual right and is not tied to a citizens participation in a militia, an argument some have made over the years to limit our Second Amendment rights.
"The message of this ruling is simple: Americans should have the ability to defend themselves and own guns for hunting, and the Constitution guarantees this right," Thornberry concluded.