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Supreme Court backs gun owner rights

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court said Monday that Americans nationwide have a constitutional right to have a handgun at home for self-defense, even in cities that until now have outlawed handguns. The 5-4 decision reversed a ruling that had upheld Chicago’s ban on handguns and all but declared the 1982 ordinance unconstitutional. The justices sent the case back to Chicago for a lower court to issue the final decision.

Justices extend gun owner rights nationwide

The Supreme Court held today that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live, advancing a recent trend by the John Roberts-led bench to embrace gun rights.

Court: Libraries can filter the Web

OLYMPIA – Public libraries do not have to turn off their Internet filters for adult patrons who want to view pornography on library computers, the Washington Supreme Court said Thursday. The state’s highest court said the constitutional protections of free speech weren’t violated by Internet filters at the North Central Regional Library District that blocked pornography and other materials the library determined were inappropriate.

NRA mum on states’ gun fights

HELENA – The nation’s most influential gun-rights group is conspicuously absent – and nearly silent – in a growing battle between states and the federal government over gun control. The National Rifle Association has been taking a low profile when it comes to the firearms freedom acts that have been passed by seven state legislatures and spawned a growing legal fight between those states, some gun advocates and the U.S. Justice Department.

Idaho joins other states in gun case

BOISE – Idaho has joined a federal court case in Montana arguing that locally made and used guns should be exempt from all federal laws, including registration requirements. It’s a follow-up to the Idaho Firearms Freedom Act that state lawmakers enacted this year at the urging of Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries. The bill wasn’t really about gun rights, Harwood told fellow lawmakers. The measure was intended to spark a federal court case designed to expand states’ rights.

Idaho joins Montana gun freedom case

Idaho has joined a federal court case in Montana arguing that locally made and used guns should be exempt from all federal laws, including registration requirements. It's a follow-up to the "Idaho Firearms Freedom Act" that state lawmakers enacted this year at the urging of Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, who said the bill wasn't really about gun rights. Instead, Harwood told fellow lawmakers, the measure was intended to spark a federal court case designed to expand states' rights.

Commentary: Gun rights potentially sticky issue for Stern

Someone isn’t just raining on David Stern’s image parade, someone is threatening to shoot it up. Gilbert Arenas’ gun-toting behavior, his fingers-cocked mockery of it and the recent charges against him are all loaded weapons and they’re pointed at the heart of Stern’s delicate balancing act.

More arms to bear

Thom George may have been a foreigner in North Idaho, but he wasted little time in adjusting to the area’s outdoor-oriented lifestyle. After moving to a sprawling plot of countryside south of Coeur d’Alene roughly eight years ago, the Queens, N.Y., native immediately set out with an Idahoan-inspired shopping list to obtain a few necessities: his driver’s license, a pickup truck, one golden retriever and a 12-gauge shotgun.

Gun control case to get court’s ear

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court set up a historic decision on gun control Wednesday, saying it will rule whether restrictive state and local laws violate the Second Amendment right to gun ownership that it recognized last year. The landmark 2008 decision to strike down the District of Columbia’s ban on handgun possession was the first time the court had said the amendment grants an individual right to own a gun for self-defense. But the 5-to-4 opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller did not address the question of whether the Second Amendment extends beyond the federal government and federal enclaves such as Washington, D.C.

Court denies gun-ban appeal

CHICAGO – A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld ordinances barring the ownership of handguns in most cases in Chicago and suburban Oak Park, finding a Supreme Court ruling in a District of Columbia case doesn’t apply. The three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the National Rifle Association’s appeal of a judge’s ruling in December that upheld the Chicago and Oak Park ordinances.

House OKs bill allowing guns in national parks

WASHINGTON – Gun rights advocates have found a sweet spot in Democratic-dominated Washington, and they are using it to aggressively push legislation. Their latest victory came Wednesday when the House passed a bill that will allow people to bring concealed and loaded guns into national parks.

Bill allowing guns in parks advances

WASHINGTON – The Democratic-controlled Congress is moving to restore a Bush administration policy that allowed loaded guns in national parks. The Senate voted Tuesday to allow guns in national parks and wildlife refuges, and the House could follow suit as soon as today.

Pair of Montana Democrats may be gun lobby’s best allies

HELENA – Two Montana Democrats are leading the charge against gun control – and forcing former political foes to recognize that Democrats could be their strongest allies while the party controls Washington, D.C. U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester have been taking the lead on issues that only the most ardent gun rights advocates were talking about.

Gun rights bill clears House

If Idaho comes under a state of “extreme emergency” including martial law, invasion or insurrection, the state still shouldn’t be able to take away anyone’s guns, the Idaho House declared Tuesday. Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, persuaded the House to vote 61-9 in favor of his legislation, House Bill 229. “No government authority will have the right to come and pick up our arms and ammunition,” he said.

Martial-law gun rights bill passes Idaho House

Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, today persuaded the Idaho House to vote 61-9 in favor of his legislation preventing the government from seizing guns in cases of "extreme emergency."