In a five-to-four decision, A.P. reports, the Supreme Court has declared that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own firearms for self-defense, one that is violated by the District of Columbia's gun ban. "The decision goes further than even the Bush administration wanted," A.P. says, "but probably leaves most firearms laws intact." Since the Justice Department urged the Court to send the case back for further ajudication, deciding the constitutionality of the gun ban either way would have gone further than it wanted.

More to come.