Friday, June 27, 2008

The Battle Moves to Chicago

In light of the Heller ruling, restrictive anti-Second Amendment laws across the nation are now the target of lawsuits challenging their Constitutional basis. The city of Chicago has handgun laws which most closely mirror the law just struck down in DC, and the anti-Civil Rights forces there are already in a state of panic with Mayor Daley calling it "…a very frightening decision." Chicago PD goes even further:

"In the sense the Supreme Court has found this is an individual right to bear arms, we recognize (the ruling) is a significant threat," said Jennifer Hoyle, spokeswoman for the city's law department. "It gives people an opening to challenge the ordinance in a way it hasn't been challenged in many years."

So Ms. Hoyle and Chicago’s law enforcement department see inalienable Constitutional rights as a threat. That’s instructive, and tells me just about all I need to know about the government in Chicago. It’s clearly a government that has no respect for the Constitution or the rights of the individual. It is clearly a government that has no place in America.

As reported earlier, the NRA is filing suit against the city of Chicago, and today brings yet another lawsuit. The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) have jointly filed a federal lawsuit challenging the City of Chicago's long-standing handgun ban: McDonald v. City of Chicago. According to SAF founder Alan Gottlieb, "Chicago's handgun ban has failed to stop violent crime. It's time to give the Constitution a chance."

Alan Gura (who argued Heller before the SCOTUS) and local Chicago Attorney David Sigale will represent the plaintiffs. According to Gura:

"Our goal is to require state and local officials to respect our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Chicago's handgun ban, and some of its gun registration requirements, are clearly unconstitutional."

Sigale adds:

"The right to defend our homes and families against those who would do them harm, whether a random criminal, violent ex-domestic partner, or other wrongdoer, is one of the principles upon which America was founded. It is time the City of Chicago trust its honest, law-abiding residents with this Constitutional right."

Expect Chicago to claim the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to them and other sorts of mental gymnastics. The Heller case has opened the door for Americans to reclaim their Constitutionally affirmed rights, here’s wishing the plaintiffs the best in McDonald v. City of Chicago!

Until next time!!!

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