NRA Goes To High Court On State, Local Gun Laws


One day after losing a major test case in an appeals court on the scope of the Second Amendment, the National Rifle Association asked the Supreme Court yesterday to apply the amendment to state, county, and city government laws that seek to regulate firearms, reports

The NRA is challenging a ruling on Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, saying it was bound by Supreme Court precedent to find that the amendment restricts only federal laws, not those enacted by state and local government. The Supreme Court last June established an individual right, under the Second Amendment, to have a gun for self-defense in one's home. The court did not decide whether the Amendment would now be applied to restrict state and local government moves to regulate or ban guns. That will be the core argument in the new petitions.

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