Lessons From D.C.'s Legal Fights Over Guns

Lessons From D.C.'s Legal Fights Over Guns

Five years ago, the Supreme Court struck down DC's 30-year-old handgun ban. Kojo talks to plaintiffs in the case and to the city official who helped write the law.

As President Barack Obama pushes new gun measures nationwide, he need look no further than Washington for some of the toughest gun laws in the U.S. But in 2008, the Supreme Court struck down D.C.'s handgun ban, and a recent appeals court decision raises questions about its ban on carrying concealed weapons. Kojo talks to plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case and an author of the gun laws about what lessons the country can learn from the District.

Guests

Gillian St. Lawrence

Georgetown real estate investor; Co-Plaintiff in Heller v. District of Columbia

Tom Palmer

Senior Fellow and director of Cato University at the Cato Institute; Co-Plaintiff in Heller v. District of Columbia

Phil Mendelson

Chairman, D.C. Council (D)

Keith Alexander

DC Crime and Court Reporter, The Washington Post

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