“At issue is whether the right to keep and bear arms is a full-fledged constitutional privilege that can be invoked by individuals against the government at all levels, or a freedom that applies only as it concerns the federal government,” the Los Angeles Times noted.
“Last year, the justices in a 5-4 ruling said for the first time that the 2nd Amendment protected an individual's right to have a handgun at home for self-defense. Though that ruling struck down a handgun ban in the nation's capital—which is a federal enclave—it did not decide whether the right extended to states and cities,” the Times continued.
The justices have agreed to consider the case this fall term.
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“This case will not be the end of all gun control, but it means politicians must be aware this is a fundamental right,” said Alan Gura, a Virginia lawyer who filed the suit on behalf of four citizens of Chicago.