June 28, 2010
U.S. Supreme Court Rules
Chicago Handgun Ban Unconstitutional!
The U.S. Supreme Court announced its 5-4 decision today overturning the decades old Chicago ban on handguns! Following on the heels of the Heller vs DC decision two years ago which ruled DC's ban unconstitutional, the landmark case of McDonald vs Chicago finally brings the Second Amendment guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms to the states.
This decision is a huge win for the entire nation but especially for Chicago residents who have for decades been denied the right to possess a handgun in their home. Increasing opposition to the ban has been fueled by residents of the city demanding the right to protect themselves from the horrendous number of violent crimes in their neighborhoods.
The ruling is also a tremendous win for Illinois citizens whose state constitution holds that the right to keep and bear arms is "subject to police power". The Court ruled the 14th Amendment incorporates the Second Amendment to the states meaning " . . . the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" is a right protected even from local and state governments. While this decision does not immediately change state law it does throw open the door to re-examination of current law and a whole new era of defining the words "shall not be infringed".
What does it all mean in our efforts to see a Right to Carry law passed in Illinois? It means a great deal in the IL General Assembly where some fence-sitters on the issue have been waiting to see "if" the Second Amendment truly does apply to the states. It will almost assuredly add votes to our side of the tally board and will make it increasingly more difficult to pass new laws restricting the right of a law abiding citizen's to keep and bear arms.
Mayor Daley has vowed, regardless of the Supreme Court decision, to continue do everything he can to infringe on the Second Amendment rights of the people of Chicago - but he can't do it alone - he must have the votes of the aldermen on the city council. If you are a resident of Chicago, contact your alderman TODAY and demand they support your constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Demand they put an end to Mayor Daley's fanatical attack on their right to protect themselves and their families.
This is a great day in the history of this nation, the state of Illinois, and for the people of Chicago!! IllinoisCarry extends our heartfelt gratitude and respect to the courageous plaintiffs who stood before the courts on behalf of all Americans - Adam Orlov, David and Colleen Lawson, and lead plaintiff Otis McDonald. Thank you to the Illinois State Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation, lead attorney Alan Gura, and Chicago attorney David Sigale for making it happen!
A copy of the ruling can be downloaded at SCOTUSblog.com.