Alabama Officials Praise Supreme Court Gun Ruling

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A former Alabama attorney general and the present attorney general are praising the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions says the ruling Thursday is a strong holding that the Second Amendment protects the rights of Americans to possess firearms for lawful purposes. Session served as Alabama's attorney general before going to the Senate.

The current attorney general, Troy King, called the 5-4 ruling a reaffirmation of the Second Amendment.

The ruling did uphold states' ability to restrict gun ownership of some individuals, including felons and the mentally ill. King called that "just commonsense."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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