Jun 28, 2010

Chicago Gun Win

Supreme Court extends gun rights in Chicago case

The Supreme Court reversed a ruling upholding Chicago's ban today and extended the reach of the 2nd Amendment as a nationwide protection against laws that infringe the "right to keep and bear arms."

Justices Rule That 2nd Amendment Also Governs State and Local Gun Laws

The 5-4 decision appears to void the 1982 ordinance, one of the nation's strictest, which barred city residents from having handguns for their own use, even at home.

Gun-rights advocates have been closely following the Chicago case. They said a victory for the 2nd Amendment would clear the way for constitutional challenges to restrictions on firearms to be heard in federal courts nationwide.

The ruling against Chicago's ban had been widely anticipated.

The City Council could consider new gun-control measures as soon as Wednesday, Mayor Richard Daley said last week.

City Hall has been drawing up plans after the justices heard arguments in McDonald v. Chicago in early March and appeared to indicate they would rule against the city.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune,
the mayor said his primary goal would be to protect police officers, paramedics and emergency workers from being shot when responding to an incident at a home. He said he also wants to save taxpayers from the financial cost of lawsuits if police shoot someone in the house because the officer felt threatened.

"If the ban is overturned, we will see a lot of common-sense approaches in the city aimed at protecting first responders," Daley said. "We have to have some type of registry. If a first responder goes to an apartment, they need to know if that individual has a gun."

More details to come.


NeverMind said...

I would be more excited if I weren't anticipating some terrible work-around that exists now in Washington, D.C. I'm sure your ruler over there already has something prepared for this contingency. I wish all you law-abiding Chicagoans luck as this isn't over for a long shot.

RushSays said...

Gun Ruling Should Have Been 9-0! Justice Thomas cites the plight of freed slaves, and why they needed the right to keep and bear arms to protect themselves. Glory Hallelujah!

Supreme Court justices vote on the Constitution, they determine whether something is constitutional or not. They voted on Second Amendment today, and it squeaked by 5-4, after having been ratified centuries ago. I can think of no more powerful way to put this.