Governments have a right to regulate those firearms, a majority of justices seemed to agree. But there was less apparent agreement on the case they were arguing: whether Washington's ban on handguns goes too far.However, Chief Justice John Roberts, one of the best things to happen in the Bush presidency, and Justice Antonin Scalia openly mocked the District's trigger lock provision in today's hearings:
"When you hear somebody crawling in your bedroom window, you can run to your gun, unlock it, load it and then fire?" Justice Antonin Scalia said.Anyone want to take a bet on how long it will take The Deciders to ask Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama where they stand on this case?
Roberts, who has two young children, suggested at one point that trigger locks might be reasonable.
"There is always a risk that the children will get up and grab the firearm and use it for some purpose other than what the Second Amendment was designed to protect," he said.
On the other hand, he, too, wondered about the practical effect of removing a lock in an emergency. "So then you turn on the lamp, you pick up your reading glasses," Roberts said to laughter.