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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning a gun-control law is being criticized by several Jewish groups. Several organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress and the National Council of Jewish Women, issued statements criticizing the decision. The three organizations, along with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, had signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief in the District of Columbia v. Heller case.

“The culture of guns and violence is pervasive among extremists,” said Glen S. Lewy, the ADL’s national chair, and Abraham Foxman, its national director, in a joint statement. “This decision places our communities — and the law enforcement officers that protect them — at greater risk of violence.”

At least one Jewish group — Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership — praised the decision.”The decision clearly and unambiguously establishes the strong and fundamental nature of the individual right to keep and bear arms,” the group announced on its Web site.

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