Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Newsalert: Gun-control case divides state AGs

Newsalert: Gun-control case divides state AGs: "Attorneys general from 31 states have filed a legal brief urging the high court to strike down the law being challenged in the case, the District of Columbia's strict, 32-year-old ban on handguns. Led by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, the group backs a security guard who wants the district's statute to be ruled unconstitutional.

Lending their support to the District of Columbia are attorneys general from five other states — Hawai'i, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York — who say reasonable regulation of dangerous firearms is constitutional and keeps the public safe. A sixth attorney general, Democrat Lisa Madigan of Illinois, sided with the district in an earlier court filing, but declined to join the supporting states' latest brief."

POLS 354:

I wouldn't use the term "divides" to describe a 31 to 5 pro-gun rights breakdown. A better headline might be, "State AGs give overwhelming support to gun rights in DC case."

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