Advocates and others just hoping for a chance to see history in the making today began lining up as early as yesterday morning outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, hoping to snag one of the few dozen open spectator seats available for today’s argument in D.C. v. Heller.
At today’s heavily-anticipated oral arguments, which have been extended an extra 15 minutes beyond the usual hour allotment, the justices will hear discussion over whether the 32-year old ban on handguns in the nation’s capital is constitutional. Specifically, the sides will spar over whether the Second Amendment confers an individual right to own handguns, or whether the right speaks only to the ability to form a militia.
Today the Court will also likely hand down at least one opinion, making this one of the newsiest days in recent memory. We’ll have updates on any decisions and highlights from the arguments here later today