Alex Massie

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Good news from Washington: a common-sense interpretation of the Second Amendment prevails at the Supreme Court:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court says Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history.

The court's 5-4 ruling strikes down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment.

More later, I imagine. It will be interesting to see how Obama responds to this, especially given his ambitions to conquer the Mountain West states where, shall we say, support for gun rights is strong. Most european reaction will, I suspect, have a Would you look at those Crazy Yanks tone...

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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