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Chicago Handgun Ban: Date Set for Supreme Court Hearing of McDonald vs. City of Chicago

December 17, 2009 at 06:00
United States ConstitutionA date has been set for the McDonald v. City of Chicago Supreme Court case.  On March 2nd, 2010 the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments addressing whether the city of Chicago is in violation of the Constitution in banning handguns, the annual taxation of firearms, and other items.  Although the SC’s previous Heller decision would seem to clearly oppose those regulations, since the case involved Washington D.C., it only applies to that location for the time being.

Although important in its own right, the case takes on a much greater importance in that it will also decide whether the 2nd Amendment is incorporated into local jurisdictions and states, much as the 1st Amendment is.  In an earlier blog post, I wrote about the Nordyke decision in the 9th Circuit which incorporated the 2nd amendment as an individual right for western states, but several months later (after an en banc review) the decision was delayed in anticipation of the Supreme Court hearing this case.

This, in addition to the Heller ruling, is one of the most important firearms rights cases to ever go to the Supreme Court and the legal ramifications could be huge and long lasting.  The Plaintiffs will be represented by Alan Gura (the same person that argued Heller) and a decision is expected at approximately the end of June.

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