Gun Rights Quartet Applauds Supreme Court Chicago Decision

Jun 28, 2010, 10:17 ET from Telum Associates, LLC

WASHINGTON, June 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alan Gura, Otis McDonald, Alan Gottlieb and John Snyder applauded Monday's United States Supreme Court decision overturning Chicago's handgun ban in McDonald v. City of Chicago.  

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Gura was the chief counsel in the case.  McDonald was the lead plaintiff.  Gottlieb is Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) and Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), which funded the case.  Snyder is CCRKBA Public Affairs Director, SAF Treasurer and Telum Associates Manager.

"In their decision, the Justices ruled that Chicago's ban on private handgun possession is unconstitutional," reported Snyder.

The ruling extends the 2008 Supreme Court gun rights decision in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller to state and local governments.

In the 2008 case, the Court ruled that the Second Amendment to the Constitution protected an individual, as distinguished from a collective right to keep and bear arms.  It nullified the District's ban on the private possession of handguns.

Since the District of Columbia is a federal city, the question remained whether or not the Second Amendment protected the gun rights of citizens against the states and their subdivisions.

The Supreme Court ruled that, through incorporation via the Fourteenth Amendment, it does.  The Second Amendment does protect the gun rights of citizens against states and subdivisions.  "This comes as encouraging news to America's 100 million law-abiding gun owners," commented Snyder.

Plaintiffs included individuals, SAF and the Illinois State Rifle Association.

"This, like Heller, is a landmark in the development of constitutional law, and in the continuing struggle to preserve individual freedom and liberty against ever-encroaching government power," said Snyder.

SOURCE Telum Associates, LLC