As the Supreme Court hears arguments in a case that aims to overturn the Chicago handgun ban, a new Rasmussen poll has revealed that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that cities have no right to impose similar bans.
Specifically, the survey found that 69 percent of the respondents say cities do not have the right to ban legal handgun ownership, while 25 percent believe they can do so.
“[This result] clearly shows that Americans have grown weary of anti-gun municipal demagoguery,” said Alan M. Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), an organization that brought the lawsuit.
“A victory in our case before the Supreme Court should send a clear signal to gun prohibitionists that arbitrarily disarming law-abiding citizens under the guise of fighting crime is an idea that has no place in this country,” he added.
SAF is joined in its case by the Illinois State Rifle Association and four Chicago residents, including Otis McDonald, for whom the Supreme Court case is named.
If the high court overturns the Chicago ban, its decision will incorporate the Second Amendment to state and local governments through provisions in the 14th Amendment.
The decision is expected some time this spring.