The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 Monday that the Second Amendment provides a fundamental right to bear arms to individuals, but it did not strike down existing laws. The decision is likely to prompt a flurry of challenges to gun laws. Federal and state laws require that 49 states and the District of Columbia perform background checks on prospective firearms buyers, whereas states individually determine ownership regulations. Here is a summary of a few state laws*:
SOURCES: Legal Community Against Violence, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, National Rifle Association | Cristina Rivero/The Washington Post - June 29, 2010
Few GOP senators are expected to back Kagan Article | Solicitor General Elena Kagan's critics failed to deliver a striking blow to her nomination to the Supreme Court, making her confirmation a near-certainty later this month, but she may receive scant bipartisan support, according to senators and aides involved in this week's confirmation hearings.