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Guns and the Supreme Court

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The conservative Supreme Court created by George W. Bush is not like any this country has had in a long time.

Yesterday, the high court looked set to prove that again, this time on gun rights. A five-justice majority appears ready to strike down Chicago’s ban on handguns — the same majority that asserted the individual’s right to bear arms over District of Columbia law two years ago.

And what about state’s rights, the usual darling of conservative jurisprudence? Not when it comes to guns.

This hour, On Point: gun rights, gun control, and the arguments before the Supreme Court.

Guests:

Joining us from Washington is Jan Crawford, chief legal correspondent for CBS News and author of “Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for the United States Supreme Court.”

Joining us from Providence, R.I., is Carl Bogus, professor of law at Roger Williams University and an expert on the Second Amendment and gun-control policy. He edited “The Second Amendment in Law and History: Historians and Constitutional Scholars on the Right to Bear Arms.”

And from Fairfax Station, Va., is Nelson Lund, professor of constitutional law and the Second Amendment at George Mason University. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and served as associate counsel for President George H.W. Bush from 1989-1992.

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