Supreme Court Will Decide on Chicago Handgun Ban

“At issue is whether the right to keep and bear arms is a full-fledged constitutional privilege that can be invoked by individuals against the government at all levels, or a freedom that applies only as it concerns the federal government,” the Los Angeles Times noted.

“Last year, the justices in a 5-4 ruling said for the first time that the 2nd Amendment protected an individual’s right to have a handgun at home for self-defense. Though that ruling struck down a handgun ban in the nation’s capital—which is a federal enclave—it did not decide whether the right extended to states and cities,” the Times continued.

The justices have agreed to consider the case this fall term.

“This case will not be the end of all gun control, but it means politicians must be aware this is a fundamental right,” said Alan Gura, a Virginia lawyer who filed the suit on behalf of four citizens of Chicago.

 

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