Daley says he supports D.C. gun ban

March 18, 2008 8:09:59 PM PDT
Mayor Daley says if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the ability of cities to regulate guns it would open a 'Pandora's box.'The high court is considering a challenge by some residents to Washington D.C.'s strict handgun ban.

As they heard arguments Tuesday, some justices seemed skeptical that the Constitution would allow a complete ban on handguns.

On Tuesday in Los Angeles, Mayor Daley and several California lawmakers expressed their support for a plan to require micro-stamping on some weapons. It would make them easier to trace.

He also expressed his support for the Washington D.C. ban.

"We can outlaw smoking in a bar so quickly, you cannot outlaw guns in America? And guns kill you so quickly," said Daley.

"I'm alive because I once had to use a handgun to defend myself. That's why I am able to stand here," said Tom Palmer, plaintiff.

The Supreme Court ruling is expected in June.

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