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Flood of Gun-Rights Suits Seen
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Monday's high-court decision expanding gun rights will likely trigger a flood of litigation in states and cities with restrictive laws, so it could take years before the practical impact of the ruling is clear." ...

"Gun-rights groups are preparing to file suits in states with restrictive laws ... while groups favoring gun control said they were confident most rules would pass constitutional muster." ...

"Alan M. Gottlieb, founder of the [SAF], ... said the group filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court challenging a North Carolina statute that bars possession of firearms off of one's property in areas where there is a declared state of emergency.

"'We wouldn't have been able to challenge' the law 'without this decision,' Mr. Gottlieb said. 'We had this ready to go.'" ...
 

McDonald et al. v. City of Chicago, Illinois, et al.
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Submitter's Note: This is the decision itself in .pdf format. It is well worth reading.
 

McDonald Attorney: Ruling Means End of Harassment of Gun Owners (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After helping to strike down the Chicago handgun ban, the winners in today's Supreme Court decision promised, in an exclusive interview with the Heritage Foundation, that more such cases would be coming in the next few weeks. Alan Gura, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, promised, 'There will be future cases, I will be bringing cases in the days and weeks to come.' When asked about the decisions[sic] impact, he said, 'We will see laws that serve no useful purpose other than to annoy gun owners struck down and others that are actually critically necessary for public safety upheld.'" ...
 

Can Cities & States Still Limit Gun Possession by 18-to-20-Year-Olds?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I suspect that even after McDonald, most gun controls will be upheld ..."

"But what about limits on gun possession by 18-to-20-year-olds? New York City totally bars gun possession by 18-to-20-year-olds. ... Many other states bar handgun possession by 18-to-20-year-olds ..."

"As I noted, there's a possible argument that gun possession by 18-to-20-year-olds is also outside the scope of the Second Amendment as interpreted by Heller, because historically the age of majority has been 21. But I doubt that this would work, because the pre-1970s cases that I've seen involving lesser constitutional rights for minors ... involved age cutoffs of 18 or less." ...
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Submitter's Note: No, the Second Amendment does not apply to 18-to-20-year-olds. It applies to the government!!!
 

Handguns at home: Supreme Court correct to rule for right to self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a ban on handguns in the home violates the Second Amendment. ..." ...

"There was spirited and lively dissent in this split decision. That's no surprise in a case about gun rights in the United States. The legal arguments are substantial, not just abstract exercises in logic, history and interpretation."

"But we like the court's basic conclusion as it applies to the daily lives of U.S. citizens: The right to self-defense is fundamental; the right to legally own a handgun for that defense and keep it in your own home to protect yourself and your family in extreme circumstances falls within that right." ...
 

Landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision: Second Amendment applies to states and cities
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Buckeye Firearms Association is thrilled that the United States Supreme Court has ruled to strike down the ban on private ownership of firearms in Chicago. Today ... the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment applies to states and cities. ... Leaving no room for doubt, the court made clear that the Second Amendment applies to Mayor Daley and Chicago."

"'While there is much work to be done, this decision is the first critical step towards universal self-defense rights,' said Jim Irvine, President of [BFA]. [BFA] teamed up with the [USCCA] to file an amicus brief in support of Mr. McDonald." ...
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Submitter's Note: Heh-heh, use the antis terms against them: This ruling is "a good first step".
 

Gun decision will open door to new cases
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U.S. Supreme Court's decision clearing the way for gun owners to challenge local and state firearms bans as infringements of their Second Amendment rights opens the door to what will likely be a succession of new cases nationwide."

"The High Court's 5-4 decision represents a victory for Americans who see substantially unrestricted gun ownership as essential to personal self-defense, but the decision also demonstrates that we have a great many unanswered questions ..."

"The court said as much Monday. Justice Samuel Alito ... said applying the Second Amendment to localities and states 'does not imperil every law regulating firearms.' But it clearly imperils some of them. Which ones, and to what extent? ..." ...
 

Another Defeat for Democratic Racists and Tyrants
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Otis McDonald is a black man living in Chicago who simply wanted to be able to legally own a gun so he could protect himself. On Monday, our Supreme Court opened the door allowing him and millions of others living under Democratic oppression to move a major step closer to Second Amendment protection."

"At the heart of gun control in the United States are Democratic tyranny and ... oppression of black people. 'Slave Codes' were enacted to prevent freed slaves from owning guns and protecting themselves in Southern States before the end of the Civil War"

"After the Civil War, 'Black Codes' blocked freed slaves and black freemen returning to the South ... from owning guns. Without guns, they had no protection from the [KKK] ..." ...
 

The grammatical and historical analysis of the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It is simply astonishing that there is a debate concerning the jurisdiction of the Second Amendment, albeit the first amendment is unambiguous and easily understood. Hypothetically, if California or the City of Los Angeles deemed the practice of Buddhism illegal, civil rights activists would exclaim the violation of the first amendment. Thus, it is acknowledgeable that state and local governments are required to capitulate to the United States Bill of Rights. Consequently, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is within the Bill of Rights; therefore, it is clearly under protection by the United States Federal Government." ...
 

Opposing view on the Second Amendment: The right must be real
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment is an individual constitutional right for all law-abiding Americans — no matter where they live."

"The Founding Fathers meant it, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed it, and the Second Amendment right of every citizen is now a real part of American constitutional law."

"By incorporating the Second Amendment to apply to state and local governments, the court affirmed what most Americans believe — that lawful citizens, wherever they live, have the fundamental right to own a firearm to protect themselves and their families."

"It is a landmark decision that must be real ... Supreme Court decisions must lead to actual consequences, or the entire premise of American constitutional authority collapses." ...
 

Supreme Court Protects Second Amendment (Just Barely)
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... "In a long-awaited decision on the final day of the Supreme Court's term, a 5-4 majority of the Court in an opinion written by Justice Alito overturned the City of Chicago's regulations on firearms. These regulations included a ban on handguns, a requirement that other guns be registered prior to their acquisition (which is impractical in many cases), a burdensome annual reregistration requirement and annual fee, and a punitive provision that would bar the reregistration of a gun once its registration expired."

"The opinion holds that the right to keep and bear arms is among the most fundamental rights necessary to this Nation's system of ordered liberty and is deeply rooted in our history and tradition. ..." ...
 

Victory in McDonald
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"The Supreme Court of the United States announced this morning its 5-4 decision in favor of the plaintiffs in McDonald v. Chicago."

"The short news is, 'We Won!'"

"The slightly longer news is, the Chicago handgun ban wasn't actually struck down, but the case was remanded to the relevant Federal court. Since that court must now incorporate the highest court's ruling, it's pretty much the same as if the ban HAD been, well, banned." ...
 

Second Amendment Affirmed
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"When the Supreme Court struck down the D.C. gun ban ... attorneys and staffers in political offices throughout the Windy City read through the verdict until they found a loophole on which Mayor Richard Daley could hang his gun ban. In the end they discovered the Heller decision only dealt with federal law ... this meant it would not ... be applied to cities and states around the country."

"Thus Chicago’s political thugs, possessing Obama-like arrogance, quickly appeared before news cameras to assure citizens that there would be no change in the city’s gun policy. In other words, criminals would continue to have guns and law-abiding citizens would continue to add locks to their doors, ... and park their cars under streetlights [at] night." ...
 

Supreme Court strikes down ban on handguns
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"The Supreme Court reversed a ruling upholding Chicago's ban on handguns Monday and extended the reach of the 2nd Amendment as a nationwide protection against laws that infringe on the 'right to keep and bear arms.'"

"The 5-4 decision appears to void the 1982 ordinance, one of the nation's strictest, which barred city residents from having handguns for their own use, even at home."

"The ruling has both local and national implications."

"Two years ago, the high court ruled in a case from Washington, D.C., that the 2nd Amendment protects the rights of individuals to have a gun for self-defense. ..." ...
 

Supreme Court Overturns Chicago Gun Ban
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"For nearly 30 years, the city of Chicago had been home to one of the most stringent gun bans in the country, making it illegal for its citizens to possess handguns inside city limits in an attempt to combat the gang and firearm violence that troubled the city. With the newly overturned gun ban following the case of McDonald v. Chicago, residents of Chicago are once again able to support their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms." ...

"In celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn the long-standing handgun ban in Chicago, TGSCOM, Inc. ... an online firearm and sporting goods distributor ... [is] offering their entire stock of nearly 10,000 guns at their cost for a single week, June 28 – July 6." ...
 

Supreme Court: Chicago gun ban falls
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "It looks like due process arguments carried the day, although Thomas favored privileges and immunities." ...
 

Take aim at illegal gun sales
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Is it 'reasonable' for a homeowner to buy a .50-caliber machine gun?"

"Is it 'reasonable' for a state to prohibit firearms sales to a homeowner who has been involuntarily committed to a mental institution?"

"Is it 'reasonable' to let gun shows screen buyers less thoroughly than a sporting goods store must?"...
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Submitter's Note: To answer your questions in order: It's perfectly reasonable for a homeowner to buy any damn thing s/he pleases. It is completely unreasonable to prohibit firearms to someone who has been released from a mental institution (if they are dangerous, why were they released?). And it is certainly unreasonable to allow sellers at gun shows to "screen buyers less thoroughly" than elsewhere, guns should be cash and carry everywhere.
 

Ruling proponents: Let individual liberty reign
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"Two Oak Park residents who support broader gun rights lauded the court's decision."

"'I asked for some celebratory music,' conservative talk show host and Oak Parker Cisco Cotto said in opening his WLS 890 Radio show Monday morning."

"Longtime Second Amendment proponent David Schweig also praised the court's decision."

"'It's a reaffirmation of what thinking Americans who feel passionately about individual liberty and the constitution have recognized ever since the issue became clouded with hysteria,' he said."

"Schweig said there's no proof the bans ever had their intended effect." ...
 

Supreme Court limits local gun bans
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"The Supreme Court held Monday that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live, expanding the conservative court's embrace of gun rights since John Roberts became chief justice."

"By a 5-4 vote, the justices cast doubt on handgun bans in the Chicago area, but signaled that some limitations on the Constitution's 'right to keep and bear arms' could survive legal challenges." ...

"Alito made plain that local officials still have some leeway in crafting gun laws. He noted that the declaration that the Second Amendment is fully binding on states and cities 'limits (but by no means eliminates) their ability to devise solutions to social problems that suit local needs and values.'" ...
 

Statement of Richard A. Pearson, Executive Director, Illinois State Rifle Association, Regarding U.S. Supreme Court Decision in McDonald V. Chicago
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"'On behalf of the officers, directors, and members of the Illinois State Rifle Association, and law-abiding citizens across Illinois, I would like to express my utter delight over the Supreme Court's decision in the McDonald case. Today is certainly a great day for anyone who believes in the timeless wisdom the founding fathers set as the foundation of our Bill of Rights. As happy as we are with the Court's decision in McDonald v. Chicago, we must all keep in mind that our work is not finished. The McDonald decision, along with the Court's 2008 decision in the D.C. v. Heller case, serve merely as cornerstones to a much larger effort to fully restore the law-abiding citizen's rights guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution.'" ...
 

'Substantive' victory for gun rights
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-3253-Minneapolis-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "As expected, the opinion, written by Justice Alito, holds that the Second Amendment DOES in fact, incorporate against the states through the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment."

"On an interesting side note, the argument put forward by lead counsel Alan Gura that the case should be viewed as an opportunity to revitalize the Privileges or Immunities clause of the 14th Amendment was soundly rejected by the court despite having support from a broad spectrum of constitutional law scholars. Only Justice Thomas found favor with the Privileges or Immunities argument while the majority opinion specifically stated that the Court will NOT be reconsidering the Slaughterhouse Cases ..." ...

"So where do we go from here?"

"What will the McDonald ruling mean for most states? ..." ...
 

McDonald v. Chicago: An Exclusive Heritage Foundation Interview (video)
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Following the Supreme Court's decision in McDonald v. Chicago, the Heritage interviewed the lead attorney Alan Gura, the plaintiff Otis McDonald and Second Amendment Foundation President Alan Gottlieb about the ramifications this case will have for the Second Amendment throughout the country.
 

The Constitution’s "right to keep and bear arms" applies nationwide
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"McDonald v. City of Chicago, in summary, asked whether the Second Amendment is incorporated into the Due Process Clause or the Privileges or Immunities Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment so as to be applicable to the States, thereby invalidating ordinances prohibiting possession of handguns in the home. "

"In easier terms, can a state or city make a law that restricts the Constitution‘s guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms. The Supreme Court today said, 'no'." ...
 

Justices Extend Firearm Rights in 5-to-4 Ruling
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"The Second Amendment's guarantee of an individual right to bear arms applies to state and local gun control laws, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in 5-to-4 decision."

"The ruling came almost exactly two years after the court first ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own guns in District of Columbia v. Heller, another 5-4 decision."

"But the Heller case addressed only federal laws; it left open the question of whether Second Amendment rights protect gun owners from overreaching by state and local governments." ...

"The ruling is an enormous symbolic victory for supporters of gun rights, but its short-term practical impact is unclear. ..." ...
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KABA Note: The Times misleads slightly here when it says "that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own guns in District of Columbia v. Heller, another 5-4 decision". The ruling on whether the District's ban was unConstitutional was, indeed, 5-4. However all nine Justices agreed that the Second Amendment protects an individual right. Four of them just felt that the District's ban did not "infringe" this right.
 

Supremes Open Season on City Gun Laws
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"The Supreme Court knocked down Chicago's ban on handguns yesterday and cleared the way for gun rights groups to file suit against New York’s City's tough laws on who can keep and carry."

"The initial reaction of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to the 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court on 2nd Amendment rights was that 'I am hopeful that it will not require New York to change any of its gun laws.'"

"But 'this is probably not the final word,' said John Velleco, director of federal affairs for Gun Owners of America."

"'This is probably the beginning of many new lawsuits. We're looking at that in New York City, Massachusetts, California — many of the places that have super-restrictive laws.'" ...
 

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Applauds Supreme Court Decision on Second Amendment Incorporation
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NYSRPA applauds the SCOTUS decision incorporating the 2nd Amendment to the states in the case of McDonald v. Chicago. The right to keep and bear arms, like the right to self-defense itself, is a right that is deeply rooted in this nation's history and traditions, and it is implicit in the Anglo-American concept of ordered liberty.

While the ramifications of this case will be played out in courts for years to come, one thing must be made perfectly clear: Laws pertaining to the 2nd Amendment must be held to the same standards of strict scrutiny as laws pertaining to the 1st Amendment. Nothing less is acceptable.
 

History Justifies Supreme Court Overturning Chicago Gun Ban
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"Today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Chicago's handgun ban in a manner similar to the Heller decision in 2008, with one major difference: today's decision incorporates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for everybody, not just D.C. residents."

"History is on the side of this decision; you need look no further than the 14th Amendment. When equal rights were granted to newly-freed African Americans, that was also a situation where gun control conflicted with the civil right of self-defense." ...
 

Supreme Court's McDonald v. Chicago decision leaves much to be worked out
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"It is now a settled point of Constitutional law that the right to own firearms is one that must be honored by not only the federal government, but by state and local governments, as well ..." ...

"Perhaps unexpectedly, the High Court did not directly overturn Chicago's handgun ban ..." ...

"Indeed--just as in Heller, there was no discussion of how any gun laws would get past shall not be infringed, and I would have been shocked if there had been. In fact, the McDonald ruling seems ... to continue the Heller tradition of being silent on what level of scruitny should be applied to gun laws."

"What did appear in the text ... a lot was the term 'fundamental.' ..." ...
 

US Supreme Court finds for McDonald and upholds the Second Amendment
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"As most are probably aware by now, the U.S. Supreme Court today released the long-awaited decision in the McDonald vs. Chicago case. As expected, the Court found in favor of Mr. McDonald, essentially saying that Chicago's outright ban on the ownership of firearms is unconstitutional and that the Second Amendment is a right that is guaranteed not only at the Federal level, but the State level as well."

"Both sides of the gun rights debate have plenty to say about the decision. The pro-gun side heralds the decision as being one more step closer to fully restored firearms freedoms for all citizens in the Country, while the anti-gun side says that the decision really doesn't change much of the way the landscape currently looks." ...
 

Safer Streets 2010: The Supremes Affirm The Second Amendment
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... "[The McDonald decision] has powerful meaning in the endeavor for safer streets. Once you begin to repeal illegal gun laws, to begin a return to independence from your public servants."

"How this operates is like this: taking guns as the means of armed self defense is to make a community vulnerable not only to thugs, but also to the system. 'The System' becomes predatory when it removes a working safeguard in order to sell a people on depending upon public servants, and when the public is willing to tolerate being disarmed and put so at-risk as gun control does, it becomes easy prey for politicians who think they have all the answers." ...
 

Anti-gun hysteria follows landmark ruling in Chicago gun ban case
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"One group says Monday's Supreme Court ruling in McDonald v. Chicago will result in more homicides and another lumped law abiding gun owners and criminals into the same sentence."

"None of it will take away from the jubilation being celebrated through the firearms community over the historic 5-4 ruling by the high court ... It will, according to the Chicago Tribune, open the doors for a stream of legal challenges to gun laws across the map."

"This was a shining moment for the Second Amendment Foundation and its co-plaintiffs in the case, the Illinois State Rifle Association and four Chicago-area residents, Otis McDonald – for whom the case is named – plus Adam Orlov and David and Colleen Lawson." ...
 

TX: Texas Attorney General responds to right to bear arms ruling
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"Some Central Texans are rejoicing over the Supreme Court's close 5 to 4 vote in favor of individuals' right to keep and bear arms for self-protection."

"Brian Schmunsler grew up around guns and now sells them at Ace Hardware in Hewitt."

"'I was raised in a family that hunts and fishes, and that's what we've done our whole lives,' Schmunsler said."

"Brian is pleased with the Supreme Court's decision. 'The fact they can't change the constitution is good for me,' he said."

"It is those Constitutional rights that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says the Court's decision upholds." ...
 

CO: Supreme Court's gun-ban ruling likely to have limited impact on Colorado
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"Monday's decision overturned a federal appeals court ruling upholding municipal handgun bans in Illinois and returned the case to the appeals court."

"In Colorado, the Supreme Court ruling is most likely to affect the University of Colorado's effort to ban concealed weapons on campus. The regents voted 5-4 on Friday to challenge a state appeals court decision that the ban violated the state's Concealed Carry Act."

"The high court's ruling also highlighted a political disagreement between state Attorney General John Suthers, a Republican, and Stan Garnett, his Democratic challenger." ...
 

NY: Local support for Supreme Court decision on gun ownership
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"The US Supreme Court Monday decided to protect the Second Amendment to the Constitution and strike down Chicago’s ban on handguns. In a five to four decision, the court ruled the Second Amendment applies not just to Washington, DC and other federal enclaves, but protects the rights of all Americans throughout the country."

"William Mansfield of the Northern Dutchess Rod and Gun Club is satisfied with the court’s ruling."

"'It should have been a nine-zero decision,' he said. 'The fact that it was a five-four decision, that was good in favor of the US Constitution, but the scary part of it is it shows the Constitution is up for grabs, the fact that four justices voted against this.'" ...
 

NY: Congressman Murphy Statement on Supreme Court Decision Defending 2nd Amendment
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"Today, Congressman Scott Murphy (NY-20) released the following statement praising the Supreme Court’s decision to protect the 2nd Amendment and strike down Chicago’s ban on handguns. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that the Second Amendment applies not just to Washington, D.C. and other federal enclaves, but protects the rights of all Americans throughout the country. The opinion in McDonald v. City of Chicago brings an end to the nearly 30 year-long handgun ban that the city has imposed on its law-abiding citizens." ...
 

KS: Kan. officials agree with gun law ruling
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"The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that the U.S. Constitution protects the Second Amendment ... from state and local encroachment." ...

"Kansas Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt and Kansas Attorney General Steve Six both agree the decision was a good one."

"'The right to keep and bear arms, particularly for self defense, is a liberty protected by the United States Constitution,' Schmidt said. '[Monday,] the Court extended that protection by shielding this individual liberty from being extinguished by state and local governments as well.'"

"Six added, 'Today's ruling ... upholds our state's ability to punish criminals while respecting the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens ..." ...
 

CA: Impact of Supreme Court gun ruling could reach Sacramento
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"An onslaught of lawsuits could be on the horizon because gun rights advocates won a major ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court Monday." ...

"Josh Deaser, owner of Just Guns in Sacramento, said he was thrilled because California has so many anti-gun laws. 'It was good to find out that the Supreme Court justices are still on our side,' he said."

"Sacramento City Councilman Kevin McCarty believes the court ruling puts gun control laws in jeopardy. He authored two gun control laws. One law makes it a misdemeanor not to report the loss or theft of a weapon within 48 hours of its disappearance. The other law requires a thumbprint and personal information to purchase ammunition." ...
 

MT: Montana delegation praises gun ruling
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"Montana leaders lauded a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday upholding individual gun rights, but one of the state's top gun-rights activists said the ruling is not as important here, because Montana already has strong rights protections."

"'We're not as desperate as they might be in Illinois or Massachusetts,' said Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association and one of the state's leading gun rights advocates." ...

"Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., one of two key sponsors of pending legislation that would end some of Washington, D.C., local gun control measures, called the decision a 'major victory for America's gun owners.'" ...
 

CA: Gun ruling may have little impact
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"Monday's decision by the Supreme Court that says Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense won't have a major impact on Shasta County, experts on both sides of the debate said."

"But north state gun rights advocates think the 5-4 ruling could encourage litigation to challenge California's gun laws such as the assault weapons ban."

"'I think today this hasn't changed anything,' said Redding Mayor Patrick Jones, who manages his family's gun business, Jones' Fort on E. Cypress Avenue. 'We are not going to see any laws in California overturned today. This may open the door to be able to litigate for somebody that says, 'I want this type of gun, and I have the right to keep and bear arms.'" ...
 

NY: Owens Praises Supreme Court Decision to Protect Gun Rights
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Congressman Bill Owens released the following statement praising today's ruling by the Supreme Court in the case McDonald v. Chicago, a challenge to the city of Chicago’s gun control law:

"I applaud this decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the federally protected right of every American to keep and bear arms. I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and I am glad to see that it cannot be infringed upon by state and local governments," said Owens.

Congressman Owens is a member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and recently signed on to a bipartisan amicus curiae brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn Chicago’s unconstitutional ban on firearms.
 

Violence Policy Center Statement on McDonald v. Chicago Decision
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"Following today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. Chicago ... Violence Policy Center Legislative Director Kristen Rand issued the following statement:"

"'People will die because of this decision. It is a victory only for the gun lobby and America's fading firearms industry. The inevitable tide of frivolous pro-gun litigation destined to follow will force cities, counties, and states to expend scarce resources to defend longstanding, effective public safety laws. The gun lobby and gunmakers are seeking nothing less than the complete dismantling of our nation's gun laws in a cynical effort to try and stem the long-term drop in gun ownership ...'" ...
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KABA Note: Long term drop in gun ownership? To quote an old stoner friend: "What's she smokin' and why ain't she sharin'?" As can be seen here the rate of gun ownership in this country has more than tripled since 1965. And that chart doesn't include the "Obama Boom" (sorry, couldn't resist).
 

Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence Issues Statement On Supreme Court Ruling Over Chicago's Handgun Ban
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... "Thom Mannard, Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence issued the following statement:"

"'Despite the Supreme Court's ruling today it is absolutely important[sic] to emphasize that the conservative majority held that strong and effective gun laws are still constitutional and can be enacted.'"

"'While we fundamentally disagree with the Court, today's decision is a major opportunity to move away from the narrow, divisive and ideological debate over the interpretation of the Second Amendment and instead work to pass common sense gun laws that will save lives and protect our communities.'" ...
 

The Court: Ignoring the Reality of Guns
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"About 10,000 Americans died by handgun violence, according to federal statistics, in the four months that the Supreme Court debated which clause of the Constitution it would use to subvert Chicago’s entirely sensible ban on handgun ownership. The arguments that led to Monday’s decision undermining Chicago’s law were infuriatingly abstract, but the results will be all too real and bloody." ...

"Rather than acknowledging Chicago's — and the nation's — need to end an epidemic of gun violence, the justices spent scores of pages in the decision analyzing which legal theory should bind the Second Amendment to the states. ..." ...
 

Our view on on the Second Amendment: Court expands gun ruling but allows reasonable limits
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"Many gun rights advocates insist that the Second Amendment's edict that 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed' is absolute. But from the 1930s to now, the Supreme Court has rejected the idea that the amendment is a license for anyone to own any weapon, and carry it anywhere at any time."

"Thankfully, the court reiterated that view Monday, even as it recognized the broad right of Americans to own guns no matter where they live, extending to the rest of the country a decision the justices made two years ago for residents of the federal enclave in the District of Columbia." ...
 

Statement of Brady President Paul Helmke on Second Amendment Ruling by U.S. Supreme Court
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"'We can expect two things as a result of today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in McDonald v. Chicago: the gun lobby and gun criminals will use it to try to strike down gun laws, and those legal challenges will continue to fail.'" ...
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KABA Note: You know Paul, it might be nice if you inserted a comma between "gun lobby" and "gun criminals" unless, of course, your implication is that they are one and the same.
 

U.S. Supreme Court Decides in McDonald v. City of Chicago that Second Amendment Applies to States
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"Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments ..."

"Andy Pelosi, executive director of GunFreeKids.org issued the following statement:"

"'While we disagree with today's ruling by the Court, which could have the effect of depriving state and local governments of the ability to chose how best to protect their residents, it does appear that reasonable firearms laws can survive ...'" ...
 

TN: DA’s office to review killings in South Knox mobile home
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"The shootings that killed two men identified as burglars in a South Knox County mobile home will be referred to the Knox County District Attorney General's Office ..."

"Sheriff's spokeswoman Martha Dooley would not elaborate this afternoon on the reason for the review. No charges have been filed against Douglas Jordan III, who shot both of the black-clad intruders as he returned to his Love Lane mobile home ... at 11:18 p.m. Sunday."

"Authorities identified one of the dead men as Jimmy Cannon, 39, of Knoxville. Cannon had no local criminal history, but he had served time in prison for armed robbery in Georgia ..."

"The second burglar's identity has not been released, pending notification of next of kin." ...
 

SC: Gun-Toting Homeowner: 'Shut Up -- No Crying'
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"A man who deputies say burglarized a home got more than he bargained for when the gun-toting, tough-talking homeowner caught and held him until deputies showed up." ...

"Easler said when he went into the house, he heard someone upstairs. He grabbed his gun and waited for the person to come downstairs."

"'I put the clip in and jacked one in the chamber, and when I did, he had already started down the steps. He sat down. He sat down and held onto the rail.'" ...

"'At one point, he started faking a cry like a baby would cry. I said, 'Shut up, that don't work either.' I said, 'You became a man when you came in my house.' and I said, 'I don't want to hear no crying.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: I can hear Tom Hanks in my head: "There's no crying in baseball!"
 

OH: Sleeping store owner awakened to noise, shoots suspected burglar
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"Akron police said a store owner shot a suspect as he tried to break into his shop overnight."

"The owner of Pioneer Market on Pioneer Street said he was sleeping in the store at about 3 a.m. when he heard a knock at the front door and then the opening of a rear door."

"Police said the owner confronted the suspects with a shotgun and fired a shot."

"Several minutes later, officers received a call from Akron General Medical Center about a patient with a gunshot wound to the left arm. Johnny R. Rollyson, 19, of Beardsley Street in Akron, was identified as one of the suspects involved in the burglary at the market." ...
 

Sen. Cornyn Statement Following the United States Supreme Court Decision in McDonald v. Chicago
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... "'I applaud today's Supreme Court decision that ensures every individual in our society has the right to keep and bear a firearm to defend their family and their home. It stands as a timely reminder for what is at stake when considering a nominee to our nation's highest court,' Sen. Cornyn said. 'This decision will no doubt lead to further litigation, and every American deserves to know where Elena Kagan stands on Second Amendment rights. My constituents have expressed serious concerns regarding Ms. Kagan's position on gun rights. They deserve to know if they can trust the same person who coordinated Bill Clinton’s aggressive gun-control agenda to interpret and define the contours of the Second Amendment for decades to come.'"
 

Why Are Right-Wingers Whining About the 2nd Amendment? This Is a Golden Age for Gun Lovers
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"On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a decision overturning a Chicago handgun law. It was the latest in a string of moves by the courts that makes Americans’ right to own firearms as secure today as they were in the days of the Wild West. ... It was a long-sought victory for gun rights advocates ... In the words of conservative legal scholar Glenn Reynolds, Monday’s ruling means that the Second Amendment 'is now a full-fledged part of the Bill of Rights.'"

"But make no mistake -- no matter how secure Americans' gun rights are looking in the courts, the gun lobby will never allow the bitter debate over the scope of the Second Amendment to be settled as a political issue. ..." ...
 

Daley Vows New Gun Ordinances
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"As expected, Mayor Daley and Chicago's City Council are circling the wagons to defend against an unfavorable decision by the Supreme Court concerning the city's gun ban."

"Daley said the city would have in place a new ordinance aimed at making it difficult to purchase and own a gun in Chicago." ...
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Submitter's Note: Interesting that Hizzonner doesn't even bother with the fig leaf of public safety. He's "making it difficult to purchase and own a gun in Chicago". Not "keeping dangerous weapons from dangerous people", not "keeping guns 'off the street'", not "protecting children, puppies and kittens". Nope he's just making it difficult to purchase and own a gun in Chicago.
 

Mayor Daley Says City Will Move Quickly To Propose New Gun Ordinance To Address Supreme Court Ruling
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"Mayor Richard M. Daley said he is disappointed but not surprised at today’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court that essentially makes Chicago's prohibition on registering handguns unenforceable."

"'Across the country, cities are struggling with how to address this issue. Common sense1 tells you we need fewer guns on the street, not more guns,' Daley said in a City Hall news conference."

"'So, we're working to rewrite our ordinance in a reasonable and responsible way to protect 2nd amendment rights and protect Chicagoans from gun violence. We'll publicly propose our new ordinance soon,' he said." ...
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1 KABA Translation: 'Common sense' - there is no actual evidence supporting my position.
 

NY: Announcement to be Made About the Future of Successful Gun Buy Back Program
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"On the two year anniversary, District Attorney P. David Soares, Pastor Charlie Muller, law enforcement and government officials will discuss the future of Gun Buy Back Program."

"District Attorney P. David Soares, Elected Officials, Sheriff, Mayor, Police Chief and Local Pastor to make an announcment about the future of the successful Gun Buy Back Program." ...

"WHAT: A recap of the two years since the Gun Buy Back Program began, and a discussion about the future of the program."

"WHERE: The Dream Center, 25 Warren Street, Albany, NY"

"WHEN: Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 1:00PM"

"For more information contact Pastor Charles Muller at 518-857-0726."
 

MA: Boston Globe: Pass "Gun a Month" Bill Good, Not Great
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"Post McDonald, the chances for Massachusetts' recently revived 'gun a month' bill are looking decidedly dodgy. You might even say that the legislation is Bay State gun control advocate's last hurrah. Time will tell. One thing is clear: the Supreme Court’s ruling incorporating Second Amendment rights ... has changed the entire tenor of the debate. The anti-gun crowd are, at least for now, wrong-footed. While this morning's Boston Globe editorial on the subject still doesn't link to House 4102 (can't let the riff-raff think for themselves), the unnamed scribe takes a decidedly less strident tone. For example, the ed says the bill 'appears' to pass constitutional muster. In fact, the paper just about admits the bill sucks . . ." ...
 

Don't You Love It When That Happens?
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Police leaders urged court to allow local gun control
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"Police officials, including Oak Park Police Chief Rick Tanksley, have supported local efforts to ban handguns."

"In an amicus, or 'friend of the court,' brief, police leaders from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the International Brotherhood of Police Officers and the National Black Police Association, asked the court to allow local government to make the decision on banning handguns."

"'Gun policy is best determined as it always has been in this country: in the political arena, without courts second-guessing reasoned legislative judgments,' the brief states." ...
 

IL: August jury trial set in concealed-gun case
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"Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned Chicago's blanket handgun ban was on the radar of every pro- and anti-gun group in the United States."

"But there's another gun case going on locally that has been attracting considerable attention as a jury trial for the defendant nears."

"'This is bigger than me,' says Shaun Kranish, founder of ICarry.org a grass-roots organization that promotes the right to carry in Illinois and Wisconsin. 'This is about the Second Amendment.'" ...

"[Kranish] was arrested ... for carrying a holstered gun in ... prosecutors hit him with a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon. The charge was dismissed ... but prosecutors appealed ..."

"Kranish's case is now set to go to jury in August ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: For those not familiar with IL law, it is perfectly legal to carry "six seconds from safety" as they say, unloaded and enclosed in a case.
 

OH: Report: Ohio Democratic Party unsuccessfully tries to get concealed carry license records
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"The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the Ohio Democratic Party tried unsuccessfully last week to get confidential information on all people licensed to carry concealed handguns in the Buckeye State."

"From the article:"
"The state party sent letters to Ohio's 88 sheriffs requesting the names and addresses of permit holders and the dates the licenses were issued. Ohio has about 211,000 permit holders."

"But neither the Democrats nor any other political party can get that information. The records are exempt from the public record laws. The only public access was given to journalists when then-Gov. Bob Taft signed the law in 2004." ...
 

UT: Utah gun permit business booming - in other states
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"Never shot a gun? Never been to Utah? Got a 'combat mindset'?"

"If yes to the above, you could qualify for a concealed gun permit from Utah, which is seeing record demand for permits from people all across the United States who never been to the state and have no intention of ever going." ...

"A five-year permit good in 33 states has flooded Utah with applications, with the number rising to 74,000 last year. The fee is $65.25. Applicants must also clear a background check, be 21, and take a course."

"Today, more out-of-state residents have Utah licenses than state residents, and out-of-state instructors outnumber those from Utah." ...
 

NH: SRW holds essay contest
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"The Seacoast Republican Women hosted its fourth annual High School Essay contest at the Exeter Inn in Exeter on June 8. The essay theme was 'What impact does the Second Amendment have on U.S. democracy? Why then? Why now?'"

"Matthew Portu, a junior at Exeter High School, the 2010 first-place winner was presented with the award. Carmen Williams, of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy was awarded second place and Nathan Hafner, a junior at Portsmouth Christian Academy, was awarded third place."

"Matthew accepted an invitation to read his winning essay at SRW's June breakfast program. He plans to participate this summer in a 'People to People' Leadership Summit at Harvard University and return as a senior this fall ..." ...
 

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