U.S. Supreme Court To Accept Case Challenging Chicago's Handgun Ban

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It looks like Mayor Richard Daley’s strict ban on handguns for law abiding citizens in Chicago is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court and hopefully the trash bin after the predictable 5-4 ruling is handed down next year. In McDonald vs. Chicago 76 year old Otis McDonald, who says he was once robbed at gunpoint, is challenging the three decades long prohibition on the possession of handguns (the preferred method of self defense weapon for millions of Americans) in Chicago, a city wracked with gun violence wrought by gangbangers and thugs who could care less about any laws on the books. In fact these criminals actually rely on those who obey these restrictive guns laws to make their “job” of robbing and pillaging much less dangerous.

When the handguns bans in Chicago and nearby Oak Park are struck down it’s time to head to the coasts and tackle similar draconian firearm restrictions in California and New York sending a reminder to the leftists that the entire Constitution applies in this country, not just the stuff that works for their warped ideology.

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chicagobreakingnews.com–The Supreme Court set the stage for a historic ruling on gun rights and the 2nd Amendment by agreeing today to hear a challenge to Chicago’s ban on handguns.

At issue is whether state and local gun-control ordinances can be struck down as violating the “right to keep and bear arms” in the 2nd Amendment.

A ruling on the issue, due by next summer, could open the door to legal challenges to various gun control measures in cities and states across the nation.

The case also will decide whether the 2nd Amendment protects a broad constitutional right, similar to the 1st Amendment’s right to free speech or the 4th Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.
In the past, the Supreme Court had given short shrift to the 2nd Amendment by saying it applied only to national laws and that its aim was to preserve “well-regulated militias.”

With the court’s action today, Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, said his organization has a good chance at reversing the city’s ban. The rifle association is a party to the McDonald suit.

“All the ban does is prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves,” Pearson said. “It has no affect on the criminals at all.”

If anything, not allowing citizens to carry guns puts criminals at an advantage, Pearson said……

Another take on McDonald vs. Chicago:

newsblogs.chicagotribune.com— The 2nd Amendment is about to arrive in Chicago–which is good news for citizens who see a need to have a handgun in the home for protection against the city’s many criminals. It’s bad news for Mayor Daley and other supporters of the existing ban on handguns, one of the most draconian in the nation. Chicago has long behaved as though gun owners don’t have any rights. It is probably going to find out they do.

Last year, the Supreme Court struck down a similar Washington, D.C. ordinance banning handguns. “The Second Amendment,” it found, “protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.” But Chicago insisted on keeping its law……

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