Argument: The handgun ban prevents law abiding citizens from self defense
- David Nakamura and Robert Barnes , “D.C.'s Ban On Handguns In Homes Is Thrown Out, Fenty Promises to Fight Appellate Court's Ruling”, Washington Post Staff Writers,Saturday, March 10, 2007; Page A01 "This was not lost on the Court of Appeals. In a footnote, Silberman noted that "the black market for handguns in the District is so strong that handguns are readily available (probably at little premium) to criminals. It is asserted, therefore, that the D.C. gun control laws irrationally prevent only law abiding citizens from owning handguns." Tom G. Palmer, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and one of the plaintiffs who prevailed yesterday, said he once used a handgun to ward off potential attackers when he lived in San Jose. He said the ruling would help residents protect themselves. "Let's be honest: Although there are many fine officers in the police department, there's a simple test. Call Domino's Pizza or the police, and time which one gets there first," Palmer said. "
- Robert A. Levy , “Individual Ruling: D.C. Gun Ban Goes Down” National Review Online , March 13, 2007 "So, on policy grounds, there's a compelling argument to be made that D.C. residents deserve an opportunity to defend themselves — especially since Parker deals with the possession of ordinary, garden variety handguns in private residences, not automatic weapons on city streets. But even if the argument were to cut the other way — even if the city could demonstrate (which it emphatically cannot) that more gun laws lead to less crime — this case is not just about policy. It's about the meaning of the Constitution and, in particular, the militia clause of the Second Amendment."
- Robert A. Levy , “Fighting for Our Right to Bear Arms” Boston Globe , March 18, 2008 "But Washington's law bans all handguns not registered before 1976 and requires that lawfully owned shotguns and rifles in the home be kept unloaded and either disassembled or bound by a trigger lock at all times. There is no exception for self-defense. Washington, often known as the "murder capital of the nation," cannot defend its citizens and will not allow them to defend themselves."