The majority of lawmakers in both the House and the Senate are backing the respondent in the pending Supreme Court case D.C. v. Heller, arguing that the Court of Appeals correctly ruled the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns violated the Second Amendment.
If it sounds odd that the majority of the Democratically-controlled Congress signed an amicus brief arguing that citizens have the right to bear handguns under the Second Amendment, a closer look at the numbers makes the news a little more believable: of the 250 members of the House of Representatives who signed onto the brief, 68 were Democrats. Of the 55 members of the Senate who did the same, eight were Democrats.
The lawmakers join the Bush administration in urging the high court to uphold the Court of Appeals decision striking down the ban. “The Supreme Court has the perfect case to affirm … a Second Amendment right to own a gun for self-defense,” said Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison at a news conference today.
A number of lawmakers, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr., have filed an amicus brief [PDF file] urging the Court to take the opposite position and uphold the ban.