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18 March 2008

BBC News

The US Supreme Court is grasping the thorny issue of Americans' right to bear arms for the first time in almost 70 years. At issue is a challenge to one of the nation's toughest gun laws — but the justices' ruling could have far wider ramifications. What is the case before the Supreme Court? The nine justices are to hear a challenge to one of the toughest gun laws in the nation - a virtual ban on private handgun ownership in the city of Washington DC, passed in... (

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