DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court is weighing whether a Wilmington Housing Authority policy restricting the ability of public housing residents to carry firearms violates the state constitution.
The justices heard arguments Wednesday after a federal appeals court asked for clarification on whether Delaware's constitution allows the housing authority to prohibit residents and guests from displaying or carrying firearms in common areas.
The Supreme Court also was asked to determine whether Delaware's constitution allows the housing authority to require residents and guests to produce documentation regarding ownership of a firearm if asked.
The case stems from a federal lawsuit challenging the housing authority's outright ban on guns. Officials subsequently loosened the policy following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, but still say restrictions on guns are needed to protect the safety of residents.
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