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Monday, June 28, 2010

Supreme Court Says 2nd Amendment Applies to States

Just in from the New York Times:

The Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that the Second Amendment, which forbids Congress from infringing the right to keep and bear arms, applies to state and local governments as well. The case, McDonald v. Chicago, No. 08-1521, involved a challenge to the City of Chicago’s gun control law, regarded as among the strictest in the nation. The justices did not strike down the Chicago law directly, but remanded the case to a lower court for review, where it appeared likely to be struck down under today’s decision.

This looks like a partial — but not a complete — victory for champions of the Second Amendment. The Wall Street Journal‘s news alert said, “The justices on Monday cast doubt on a Chicago area handgun ban, but also signaled in their 5-4 decision that less severe restrictions could survive legal challenges.”

  • Sheldon Richman is the former editor of The Freeman and a contributor to The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. He is the author of Separating School and State: How to Liberate America's Families and thousands of articles.