Chicago Gun Case At Supreme Court May Have Broad Impact


The second round of high-stakes Supreme Court litigation over the breadth of the Second Amendment continues with oral arguments Tuesday in the case of McDonald vs. City of Chicago, which likely have wider impact nationwide than the first, reports USA Today. In 2008, the justices struck down a Washington, D.C., handgun ban and declared for the first time that the Second Amendment covers an individual right to keep and bear arms.

Now the question is whether the 2008 decision also applies to cities andd states, or only to laws in the federal government and its enclaves. It sets up another major constitutional question with ramifications for scores of mostly urban gun regulations. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and two other police groups have joined in a “friend of the court” brief cautioning the justices about how their decision could affect gun regulations nationwide.

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