Monday, June 28, 2010

Supreme Court Extends Gun Rights Nationwide

In a landmark case, the Supreme Court has ruled that gun bans like the one in the city of Chicago violate the 2nd Amendment and are unconstitutional.The 5-4 decision voids the 1982 ordinance, one of the nation's strictest, which barred city residents from owning handguns for their own use, even in their own homes.

This is a followup to a ruling two year ago, when the Court ruled in a case from Washington, D.C. that the 2nd Amendment protects the rights of individuals to have a gun for self-defense. Since Washington DC is not a state, the court chose not address at that time whether to extend the ruling to apply to other municipal ordinances or state laws.

In today's decision, the court ruled that the 2nd Amendment's constitutional protection extends to city and state laws.

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