Supreme Court Handgun Ban Ruling Stirs Up Controversy
July 2, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
In the days since the Supreme Court ruled against the long-standing Chicago gun ban, the decision has filled the nation with an impassioned debate.
Representatives from the Second Amendment Foundation, for example, have called the ruling "our call to action," and promised to take on other restrictive gun laws across the nation.
This sentiment was echoed by Richard A. Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, who said that the decision was in accordance with "the timeless vision" of the Founding Fathers and the spirit of the Bill of Rights.
However, others were less impressed with the ruling that overturns the nearly 30-year-old law, with some saying that "people will die because of this decision."
Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center, said that the only winners are the gun lobby and the firearms industry.
Proponents of stricter gun laws have also expressed their concern that a rush of lawsuits across the country will force localities to defend longstanding laws.
The Brady Center and Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence have meanwhile expressed satisfaction with the court’s reaffirmation that "the Second Amendment right to possess guns in the home for self-defense does not prevent our elected representatives from enacting common-sense gun laws to protect our communities from gun violence."