Georgia Congressman Lynn Westmoreland said Thursday's 5-4 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the handgun ban in Washington, D.C. was dead on. “For 30 years, the District of Columbia has ignored its residents’ constitutional rights to keep and bear arms in their homes,” said Westmoreland, a Republican who represents the Third District that includes portions of North Columbus. “For 30 years, that meant that well-armed D.C. criminals had easy prey among the city’s law-abiding citizens. Today, respect for the plain, clear language of the Constitution won out in the nation’s highest court. It’s a victory not just for the people in Washington but also for all Americans. A loss of constitutional rights anywhere is a threat to Americans everywhere.” The court ruling staqted the Constitution forbids "the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home."
The Washington handgun ban has been in place for more than three decades.