Skip to comments.Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Chicago Gun Ban Case
Posted on 09/30/2009 7:12:10 AM PDT by Lurker
Breaking on WLS Talk Radio. SCOTUS has agreed to hear the NRA case against the Chicago handgun ban.
From WGN website:
The Supreme Court announced this morning it will hear a challenge to Chicago’s gun restrictions that will determine if local handgun bans are legal.
Last year, the high court ruled the 2nd Amendment gave individuals the right to possess firearms and struck down Washington, D.C.’s gun bans.
Left open was the question of whether states and local governments are required to do the same.
By agreeing to take up the cases National Rifle Association vs. City of Chicago and McDonald vs. City of Chicago, the high court potentially could set in motion a nationwide re-establishment of the right to bear arms. Those two cases challenge several Chicago gun laws, including the city’s ban on handguns.
In the high courts decision in June of last year, it ruled 5-4 for the first time that the 2nd Amendment establishes the right to own a handgun for personal self-defense, not only as part of a state militia.
Mayor Richard Daley immediately condemned the court’s decision and vowed to fight any attempt to invalidate the city’s now 27-year-old gun ban.
Hours after the court’s decision, the Illinois State Rifle Association sued Chicago and Daley in an attempt to overturn the ban.
One of the plaintiffs is Otis McDonald, an elderly man who last year lived in the Morgan Park area and told the Chicago Tribune he keeps a shotgun at home to protect himself from gangs that plagued his neighborhood.
After the court ruled in the Washington, D.C., case, Morton Grove, Wilmette, Evanston and Winnetka dropped their gun bans, in large measure to fend off costly lawsuits.
Mancow is talking about this on WLS now. If Obama loses the Olympic pitch and the handgun ban gets overturned poor mayor Daley will probably be found hanging in his closet from depression.
Praying they uphold our Constitution. Gun Control in Chicago has done NOTHING to stop the murderous gangs and criminals. If law-abiding citizens were able to defend themselves crime would go DOWN, not UP! [Of course, the gang bangers will still target each other, but that hasn’t changed in DECADES - with guns legal or without!]
They're going to have to ban railroad ties, too.
You can ban guns. You can't ban evil.
Gee, I wonder how a wise latina women will rule on handguns? Is it the “I don’t need no stinking badges” latina or “the state should own the guns (F.Castro)” kinda of latina? So many possibilities with latina law. Don’t get me started on Scottish law.
Chicago doesn't have that kind of luck.
What Will Wise Latina Do?
what would wise latina do?
or beaten with a railroad tie...
Even though illegal to carry a handgun in IL....nevermind...I'll just say that the 2nd Amendment is my CCW. Carry a revolver (bought with cash), and keep walking after defending your life.
To her, Americans are the enemy.
Justice Thomas has been an influential member and an interesting book has been written how he has helped shape other Jurors thoughts. Perhaps he can impart some common sense on her?
Police: Cop’s gun used in 5 shootings
That teenager who was beaten to death a few days ago is more evidence of the fact that guns are not the only tool used to commit evil acts.
5-4. Or better. I hope.
A minor - but important - quibble. > Re-establish? < The right has existed since before the founding, the essential component of the Unalienable rights of Life and Liberty! (and darned well important for the weekend Pursuit of Happiness and the 10 ring). Infringed it has been, but not de-established. Perhaps "re-discovering" is the better word.
“Left open was the question of whether states and local governments are required to do the same”
Wonder if the question would be so open if a state or local govt decided to outlaw newspapers, or to conduct random home searches without warrants, or even probable cause, or to outlaw the building of a mosque?
It seems that only the 2nd amendment doesnt apply to the states, huh?
X-ring. If newspapers were licensed like gun owners it would be a different song, huh? I can make the case that since newspapers are made of a limited natural resource they should be only two pages long, and you can only buy 1 a day (or less). Save the planet - don’t buy the NYT, its’ a tree killer. Heh.
was it 5-4 ? and was Kennedy in the majority? In other words will Sotomayor make a difference?
Thats where we’re headed isnt it.
How is Justice Ginsburg these days? Her health/participation will impact the outcome.
What book is that? I'd be interested in picking up a copy.
I wish I knew. It may have been a book about hte Supremes and it delved into this or it may have been abut Justice Thomas. Anyway I heard it on one of the talkers.
Pray for the health of the 5.
So you are saying she will find that wise latina law corresponds with Fidel Castro versus Pancho Villa? I doubt she knows anything about El Cid.
Wouldn't matter if it did work. Unconstitutional is unconstitutional. Not working makes it look really stupid to boot, but is irrelevant.
The Wise Latina says that states don’t have to honor the Second Amendment. I wonder if she thinks that the Federal Government doesn’t have to honor the Tenth Amendment?
Yep...Kennedy was with us.
Any doubt how Sotomayor will rule? No, none.
Looking for a good outcome to support the ruling that RKBA = individual right as the gun banners arguments continue to unravel.
I so fear the justices that Obama will appoint. Two conservatives on SCOTUS are the best thing to come from the Bush Administration. Bush was no conservative, but he leaned that way at times and I’m glad SCOTUS appointments were among those times.
Almost as much as I fear Obama’s SCOTUS appointments, I fear disgruntled Republicans who will vote 3rd party and give Obama the chance to appoint more SCOTUS judges during an 8 year administration. That terrifies me. Bad as McLame is, we would not have gotten a Sotomayor. He would have given us someone left of center, but not left of Lenin.
Keep showing the tapes of innocent black kids being assassinated with railroad ties. If only he was carrying and could retreat.
Is this the beginning of the end of the Republic?
Imagine the Men in Black issuing a ruling affirming the gun ban in Chicago. Now, there is legal precedent in doing so, so hundreds of other liberal cities follow suit - San Francisco, New York, all the rest...
Is this the “from my cold, dead hands” part we’ve always warned about?
Of course, the Supreme Court can do the right thing and rule how the founding fathers intended. But pardon me for not holding much faith in government right now...
Wait until the Roberts court clears up this question. I have a sneaking suspicion I am going to REALLY like his answer, but let's see.
Don’t forget Harriet Miers. We had to fight for those appointments, even against President Bush’s judgment.