Back in 2006, Cook County, IL (which includes Chicago and its surrounding suburbs) enacted a ban on s0-called “assault weapons“. This ban is both vague and ambiguous, unreasonably restricting the right to keep and bear arms, while also making it difficult to impossible for gun owners to know what exactly they may lawfully own. The Illinois State Rifle Association sued, and the Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled that this case needs to be reconsidered, in light of the pro-gun-rights US … Continued
Below is a video clip by Otis McDonald, the plaintiff in the McDonald v. Chicago case which led to the end of the Chicago handgun ban. In this video clip, he discusses gun rights, the upcoming election, the McDonald v. Chicago case, and more. He also endorses Bill Brady for IL Governor:
The McDonald v. Chicago case, in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that the Second Amendment applies against state/local gun control laws, was an important gun rights victory. As is customary with such Supreme Court cases, the parties are afforded the opportunity to verbally argue their case before the Supreme Court. The arguments are quite interesting, and the questions asked by the Supreme Court Justices show insight into their thoughts on the Second Amendment. The audio recordings … Continued
I recently responded to an anti gun article entitled “Ready, Fire, Aim…….” The author of that article published a second article, entitled “Ready, Fire, Aim II…….” This second article is not as blatantly anti-gun, but still contains an abundance of misinformation and anti-gun rhetoric. Quotes from that article, along with my responses, can be seen below:
I’ve previously discussed the importance of avoiding complacency and standing up for our gun rights by joining the NRA, so that American gun rights don’t vanish like British gun rights. I would therefore like to ask that those who are not currently NRA members take a moment to join the NRA. If you’re already an NRA member, then please consider giving an NRA membership as a gift. Joining the NRA is a great way to help protect our 2nd amendment … Continued
Sticking with today’s topic of the intersection of guns, race, and McDonald v. Chicago, I thought I would also point out another article worth reading. This one, by Courtland Milloy is entitled In Clarence Thomas’s gun rights opinion, race plays a major role. An excerpt can be seen below:
I would like to direct everyone’s attention to a truly excellent article by Marcus Cole, entitled A Word of Thanks to Four Black Men and A Gun. It addresses that author’s family’s experience with a violent racist attack, their resulting decision to buy a self defense gun, and historical and recent events centering on gun ownership and race. Also included is a summary of the history of the privileges or immunities clause in the federal constitution, and Justice Thomas’ use … Continued
The Supreme Court has published its opinion in McDonald v. Chicago, and it is a victory for gun rights. The court has incorporated the 2nd Amendment into the 14th Amendment, meaning that the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms now applies against state and local government, rather than just the Federal Government:
UPDATE: MCDONALD V. CHICAGO HAS BEEN DECIDED, AND IT IS A VICTORY FOR GUN RIGHTS! MORE INFORMATION HERE In a matter of hours, the United States Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the Chicago handgun ban. Hopefully, the Court will find the handgun ban to a violation of the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution, ending the ability of state and local governments to infringe the right to keep and bear arms with impunity. Once … Continued
I’ve previously discussed the importance of avoiding complacency and standing up for our gun rights by joining the NRA, so that American gun rights don’t vanish like British gun rights. I would therefore like to ask that those who are not currently NRA members take a moment to join the NRA. If you’re already an NRA member, then please consider giving an NRA membership as a gift.
For those who are interested, the McDonald v. Chicago oral arguments transcript can be downloaded here. Also, some interesting commentary on the oral arguments can be seen here.
Oral arguments in the McDonald v. Chicago case are scheduled to begin shortly, with a decision in the next few months. This case, which will determine whether the 2nd Amendment prevents state and local governments from violating the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms, is right up there with D.C. v. Heller in terms of importance to our gun rights. Hopefully, this case will be decided in a favorable way, finally putting an end to the injustice of … Continued