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George LeMieux checks out the Supreme Court

From the Herald's Washington bureau: The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared poised to strike down strict state and local gun bans, though in the most judicially conservative way possible.

During a highly anticipated oral argument, the same justices who eliminated the District of Columbia's near-total handgun prohibition in 2008 suggested strongly that they thought that Chicago's handgun ban was equally incompatible with the Second Amendment.

Underscoring the issue's political visibility, lawmakers including Sens. George LeMieux, R-Fla., and Max Baucus, D-Mont., observed the proceedings.