Gun Bans ‘Shot Down’ By Courts and NRA Loses Ammunition

| June 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

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What do you do when your opponent decides to publicly agree with your basic argument, and then turns it against you? If someone were to ask the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) leadership that question, the answer might well be a grumbled acknowledgment of defeat, in light of the June 28th majority decision in the landmark case of McDonald vs. Chicago.

Chicago’s handgun ban fell to the gavel crack of a 5-4 court decision, which was preceded by the Supreme Court case of District of Columbia vs. Heller two years ago, that effectively opened the door to nationwide challenges to State handgun bans as well as local handgun bans. While the Heller court was key in determining that the second amendment did in fact guarantee the right to keep a handgun inside the home for personal protection, the McDonald court’s decision has shown that the precedent will most likely be followed by inferior courts across the nation.

While the cascade of similar 14th amendment challenges that is sure to follow may very well strengthen the position of the NRA in relation to handgun ownership, it will most assuredly place additional barriers on their ability to challenge other gun restrictions protected by the same set of laws.

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