Supreme Court Hands Down Landmark Decision on Right to Bear Arms: McDonald v. City of Chicago

Bill Carns, Leading Second Amendment Proponent and Defensive Firearms Expert, Explains Why This Is a Victory for Every U.S. Citizen

Jun 28, 2010, 16:00 ET from Carns

LOS ANGELES, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- This morning the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the consequential case McDonald v. City of Chicago, in which four Chicago citizens challenged the city's virtual ban on handguns. This decision will have enormous repercussions on the rights of U.S. states and cities to regulate possession of defensive weapons, according to Bill Carns, host of Second Amendment Radio, a nationally syndicated radio show dedicated to Second Amendment protection, and one of the few qualified Five-Weapons Defensive Range Masters in the country.

Carns served as Lead Range Master for the Department of Defense Special Programs Division and is a Department of Defense qualified small arms instructor.

Carns said today's decision upholds the Second Amendment as a fundamental right comparable to the right of free speech.

"Today was a win for all Americans," he said. "This landmark decision guarantees that the public servants we elect into office can never again disarm those who truly hold the ultimate power throughout this great nation—the Citizens of the United States. . . . The decision demonstrates that the integrity of the United States Constitution and the 'inalienable rights' recognized in the Declaration of Independence have not been forgotten by the majority of the honorable Justices on the Supreme Court."

Carns argues that the ban on handgun possession in Chicago during the mid-1980s left roughly 2.9 million disarmed citizens vulnerable to crime, and the incidence of gun murders soared.

"No American should allow their rights to be railroaded and their personal safety jeopardized in the process," he said.

In McDonald, the plaintiffs, including Otis McDonald, an elderly Chicago citizen seeking to protect himself from hoodlums in his neighborhood, filed suit the day after the 2008 Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller. In that case the Court ruled that Washington, D.C. gun control laws effectively banning possession of handguns violated the Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self-defense.

Carns said after Heller, the District of Columbia could not ban possession of handguns at home, and McDonald v. Chicago questioned whether the same restriction applies outside of Federal territories.

Carns sees today's ruling as a powerful statement that the government does not have the ultimate authority to legislate citizens' rights.

Carns is now organizing America's Victory Shoot (AVS), the largest patriotic shooting event in modern American history. This nationwide celebration will be held in Waterman, outside Chicago, August 21-22, 2010.

Carns can be heard on Republic Broadcasting Network or streaming live at at 10am-11am EDT/7am-8am PDT.