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Supreme Court Extends Gun Rights to All 50 States

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Constitution’s “right to keep & bear arms” applies nationwide as a restraint on the ability of the federal, state & local governments to substantially limit its reach.
In doing so, the justices, by a narrow 5-4 margin, signaled that less extreme restrictions could survive legal challenges.
Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the court, said the Second Amendment right “applies equally to the federal government & the states.”
The court was split along familiar ideological lines, with three conservative-moderate justices in favor of gun rights & the four liberals, opposed.
Three years ago, the court declared that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess guns, at least for purposes of self-defense in the house.
That ruling applied only to federal laws. It struck down a ban on handguns & a trigger lock requirement for other guns in the District of Columbia, a federal city with a one-of-a-kind legal standing. Simultaneously, the court was cautious not to cast doubt on other regulations of firearms here.
Gun rights proponents immediately filed a federal lawsuit challenging gun control laws in Chicago & its suburb of Oak Park, Ill, where handguns have been banned for 30 years. The Brady Middle to Prevent Gun Violence says those laws appear to be the last three remaining outright bans.
Lower federal courts upheld the three laws, noting that judges on those benches were bound by Supreme Court precedent & that it would be up to the high court justices to ultimately rule on the true reach of the Second Amendment.
The Supreme Court already has said that most of the guarantees in the Bill of Rights serve as a check on state & local, as well as federal, laws.


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