April 5, 1995 |
Maine's highest court Tuesday struck down a 20-year-old ban on guns in public housing projects. Sidestepping the constitutional issue of the right to bear arms, the Supreme Judicial Court instead ruled, 6 to 0, that the Portland Housing Authority has no authority under state law to regulate possession of guns. The case has been watched closely around the country. The Chicago Housing Authority, for instance, has prohibited firearms for more than 20 years. The National Rifle Assn.