In an ordinary political year, the oral arguments in the D.C. gun ban case would be the dominant news story of the day. The ramifications for the presidential race will come later in the year, when the nominees react to a decision that will, presumably, either strike down the District’s ban, and open the door to many challenges to local restrictions on gun rights, or uphold it, and open the door to many new efforts to restrict citizens’ Second Amendment rights.
McCain signed on to an amicus brief opposing D.C.’s gun ban (along with a majority of the House and Senate); Hillary and Obama did not sign a brief for either side.
UPDATE: McCain issued a statement earlier today:
ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain today issued the following statement on District of Columbia v. Heller:
“Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on District of Columbia v. Heller, a landmark case for all Americans who believe as I do that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms. I am proud to have joined in an amicus brief to the Court calling for a ruling in keeping with the clear intent of our Founding Fathers, which ensures the Second Amendment rights of the residents of District of Columbia are reaffirmed.”