As reported, District Court judge Milton Shadur upheld the Chicago handgun ban.
However this should not be seen as truly bad news. The District Court judge stated that he felt bound by a previous 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld the ban. As the NRA liaison for Illinois stated, “[i]t was expected. We went to court knowing it’s going to take a higher court’s ruling [to get the unconstitutional handgun ban overturned].” Simply put, the trial court judge was afraid to stick his neck out and interpret the D.C. v. Heller opinion in a way that would be contrary to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals’ rulings – even when those rulings came years before the Supreme Court heard D.C. v. Heller.
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