(copied from Bloomberg terminal)
By Greg Stohr
June 26 (Bloomberg) -- A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution protects individual gun rights, striking down the District of Columbia's handgun ban and raising election-year questions about weapons restrictions elsewhere.
The 5-4 ruling resolves a constitutional question that had lurked for two centuries: whether the Second Amendment covers people who aren't affiliated with a state-run militia.
Although the decision leaves governments with latitude to regulate firearm ownership and possession, it may make laws in Chicago, New York City and other cities more vulnerable to legal challenges.
The case is District of Columbia v. Heller, 07-290.