Chicago Handgun Laws Challenged In Supreme Court Brief

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Chicago handgun laws challenged in Supreme Court briefOn November 16th the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) filed its 73 page brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of McDonald v. Chicago, disputing the city’s restrictive firearm laws.

The SAF filed its suit in conjunction with the Illinois State Rifle Association and four individual plaintiffs to question Chicago’s citywide ban on handguns.

The McDonald case will be argued by attorney Alan Gura, who successfully battled federal firearm regulations in 2008 in the Supreme Court case D.C. v. Heller.

"Our filing today will help establish that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right of American citizenship no city official can violate," Gura said.

The plaintiffs not only plan to challenge Chicago’s ban on handguns, but also hope to prevent other states from outlawing citizens’ right to bear arms. Oral arguments are planned to be heard by the Supreme Court in February of 2010 and a ruling is expected in the spring.

Coincidentally, today a federal appeals court in Wisconsin overturned the conviction of a man barred from owning firearms due to his criminal record, CBS News reports.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a trial judge to take a second look at a 1996 federal law prohibiting anyone convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from owning a firearm.
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