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Another test of the court on 2nd amendment, they are going to take on the handgun ban in Chicago.
 

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Hopefully this will be another victory for gun owners!!




SUPREME COURT TO HEAR 2ND AMENDMENT

CHALLENGE TO CHICAGO GUN BAN





WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will hear the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago, and decide whether the right to keep and bear arms secured by the Second Amendment protects Americans from overreaching state and local governments.



At issue is a 27-year-old Chicago law banning handguns, requiring the annual taxation of firearms, and otherwise interfering with the right of law-abiding individuals to keep guns at home for self-defense. The case was brought on behalf of four Chicago residents, the Second Amendment Foundation, and the Illinois State Rifle Association.



Last year, in the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms. However, as that case concerned the actions of the District of Columbia government, a federal entity, the high court was not called upon to decide whether the right bound states and local governments. Over the years, almost the entire Bill of Rights has been held to apply to state and local governments by operation of the Fourteenth Amendment.



“The freedoms we enjoy as Americans are secured to us against violation by all levels of government,” noted Alan Gura, of Gura & Possessky, PLLC, lead counsel for the McDonald plaintiffs. “State and local politicians should be on notice: the Second Amendment is a normal part of the Bill of Rights, and it is coming to your town.”



Otis McDonald, a Chicago resident since 1952 who led the fight to integrate his union local in the 1960s and is a plaintiff in the case, welcomed the news.



“I am grateful the Supreme Court has agreed to hear this case,” McDonald said. “I now pray that the Court secures me and all other law-abiding citizens the right to defend ourselves and our families.”



SAF founder Alan Gottlieb said the case is of paramount importance to American citizens, to see that their constitutional rights are respected not only by the Congress, but by state and local governments.



“SAF was delighted to bring this case in cooperation with the Illinois State Rifle Association and the four local plaintiffs because a gun ban is no less onerous to civil rights in Chicago than it was in the District of Columbia,” Gottlieb observed. “Such a law cannot be allowed to stand unchallenged.”



Chicago attorney David Sigale commented, “The City of Chicago cannot take from millions of Americans the fundamental freedom of self-defense in one’s own home. We are confident the Court will stand on the side of the law-abiding citizens and the Bill of Rights.”







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“We’re pleased to hear that the Supreme Court has decided to take a look at Chicago’s gun laws,” added ISRA President Don Moran. “In this time of economic uncertainty and increasing lawlessness, the good people of Chicago ought not have to choose between violating Chicago’s gun ban, and protecting themselves and their loved ones.”



The Chicago gun ban challenge will likely be among the most closely watched constitutional law cases in decades. At stake is not just the question of whether the Second Amendment secures the right to arms against state and local governments, but also the extent to which the Supreme Court preserves individual liberty against encroachment by state and local governments.



Oral argument will possibly be scheduled early this coming winter, with a decision expected by June 2010. Gura will argue the case on behalf of the McDonald plaintiffs.
 

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And if it goes against gun owners in Chicago it would go against the constitution and it would affect us all because every major city in the country would ban handguns. This is one important case for gun owners.
 

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As John said this one is going to affect anyone who owns a handgun.
 

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So if they made the decision in DC does this mean they need to make the same decision for every city or state that brings these sort of local gun laws? How come this court question is not answered with the ruling on the DC gun ban?
 

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>How come this court question is not answered with the ruling on the DC gun ban?

DC ruling delt with The District of Columbia. DC is not a state but rather a federal district.

States rights issues did not enter into the the decision on their handgun ban.

The high court has never ruled on how the 14th amendment applies to the 2nd. We now get to find out if it does.

Everything I have read says most constitutional experts feel that the Chicago handgun ban will be shot down(pun intended).

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>How come this court question is not answered with the ruling on the DC gun ban?

DC ruling delt with The District of Columbia. DC is not a state but rather a federal district.

States rights issues did not enter into the the decision on their handgun ban.

The high court has never ruled on how the 14th amendment applies to the 2nd. We now get to find out if it does.

Everything I have read says most constitutional experts feel that the Chicago handgun ban will be shot down(pun intended).

WV Gino
With the old court, I would have agreed but with the new court, I am not so sure.
 

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WV Gino Home said:
>How come this court question is not answered with the ruling on the DC gun ban?

DC ruling delt with The District of Columbia. DC is not a state but rather a federal district.

States rights issues did not enter into the the decision on their handgun ban.

The high court has never ruled on how the 14th amendment applies to the 2nd. We now get to find out if it does.

Everything I have read says most constitutional experts feel that the Chicago handgun ban will be shot down(pun intended).

WV Gino
Hope they are right..
 

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What do they want the gang members to have some competition.

The new Nobel Peace Prize winner wouldn't want legal people to carry guns in his hometown. They might lose their next olympics.
 
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