The Supreme Court’s decision striking down a 32-year ban on handguns in Washington, D.C., has sparked a string of lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of various gun regulations, says the Christian Science Monitor. Two suits in Chicago seek to have that city’s handgun ban declared unconstitutional. A ban on handgun possession by public housing residents in San Francisco is under attack. To avoid legal action, three Chicago suburbs have voted to repeal their gun bans, while a fourth, Oak Park, is fighting to preserve its ban. The man who won his case at the Supreme Court, Dick Heller, has sued to challenge Washington’s new emergency gun regulations.
Stephen Halbrook, a Fairfax, Va., lawyer who filed several follow-up lawsuits for the National Rifle Association within days of the high court ruling, says, “The decision is so detailed and tight that it is going to be hard for a future court to backtrack on it.” Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, asserts that the ruling “could end up being a positive for gun control” because the Supreme Court also embraced a broad range of existing gun control measures.