Theodore's World: U.S. Supreme Court Rules Chicago Gun Ban is Unconstitutional

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June 29, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Chicago Gun Ban is Unconstitutional

U.S. Supreme Court Monday struck down Chicago's ban on private ownership of handguns, saying the Second Amendment applies to states and municipalities as well as the federal government.

The high court extended its 2008 ruling in Heller vs. United States, which allowed residents in Washington, a federal enclave, to have guns for self-defense in their homes.


Supreme Court votes 5-4 Weighs Right to Bear Arms

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Chicago Gun Ban is Unconstitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the right to “keep and bear arms” in a decision announced to day to reverse the Chicago gun ban. In making this ruling, the court is essentially making it clear that the right to “keep and bear arms” applies to gun control laws at the local and state level as well as the federal.:

Supreme Court Opinion: Two years ago, in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U. S. ___, this Court held that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of self-defense and struck down a District of Columbia law that banned the possession of handguns in the home. Chicago (hereinafter City) and the village of Oak Park, a Chicago suburb, have laws effectively banning handgun possession by almost all private citizens. After Heller, petitioners filed this federal suit against the City, which was consolidated with two related actions, alleging that the City’s handgun ban has left them vulnerable to criminals. They sought a declaration that the ban and several re-lated City ordinances violate the Second and Fourteenth Amendments. Rejecting petitioners’ argument that the ordinances are un-constitutional, the court noted that the Seventh Circuit previously had upheld the constitutionality of a handgun ban, that Heller had explicitly refrained from opining on whether the Second Amendment applied to the States, and that the court had a duty to follow established Circuit precedent. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, relying on three 19th-century cases—United States v. Cruikshank, 92 U. S. 542, Presser v. Illinois, 116 U. S. 252, and Miller v. Texas, 153 U. S. 535— which were decided in the wake of this Court’s interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Privileges or Immunities Clause in the Slaughter-House Cases, 16 Wall. 36.

Held: The judgment is reversed, and the case is remanded……. FULL OPINION ( PDF )


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Wild Thing's comment........

Thank God five Supreme Court justices saw fit to, you know, respect that part of the Constitution.
They ALL should have but thank God for the five at least.

Posted by Wild Thing at June 29, 2010 05:40 AM


Another victory for The Constitution and the Second Amendment. Liberal politicians will try to work their way around this ruling but now there is no question about the right of American citizens to own firearms for self defense.

It appears that the ammo buying binge has slacked off somewhat and more ammo is available. My friends tell me that some of the popular calibers are still in short supply, but can be found. Some of the most popular firearms are also still in short supply. I hope all here at theodore's world are well armed and supplied.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at June 29, 2010 11:11 AM

Thank you Tom. I try to have enough, I tend to run low on ammo because I practice a lot. Then I dash home and forget to get more.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 29, 2010 04:31 PM

Yay, the People's Democratic Republic of Chicago rejoins the United States!

Posted by: Anonymous at June 29, 2010 08:13 PM