2nd Amendment Right Showdown in McDonald v. Chicago


2nd Amendment Right Showdown in McDonald v. Chicago – In the case of McDonald vs. Chicago, 08-1521, the Supreme Court ruled that the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms also applies against state and local governments. Otis McDonald, the man behind the lawsuit, had said that he had been robbed several times and wished to purchase a hand gun so that he could defend himself against criminals in the city.
The decision was 5-4. The Supreme Court said that an individual right to bear arms and keep them in your home was a fundamental guarantee that was made by the United States, and will remain the law despite other reforrms that local governments may have passed regarding the issue. Previously, the Supreme Court had shot down a local law that placed a handgun ban in Washington D.C.

“A provision in the Bill of Rights that protects a right that is fundamental from an American perspective applies equally to the federal government and the states,” said Justice Alito. While they may have reached a ruling on the subject, not all of the Supreme Court judges agreed as to how the law worked, but did agree that the law does apply to local government.
This ruling will likely lead to more challenges across the US in regard to handgun bans and other laws that may violate an individual’s right to bear arms in the United States. The handgun bans in the City of Chicago and Oak Park are prime examples of laws that likely would be overturned in a court of law, given the recent ruling by the Supreme Court.


  1. I do not understand Chicago wanting to ban or control handguns? Nowhere in America where gun laws have been relaxed has the crime rate went up. Nowhere. If fact every time I think of Chicago and the gun laws they issued I think of Hitler and the gun laws he enforced before WWII. His said: “”The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. “”

    Chicago law makers let you people be Americans.


  2. Gun ownership goes up, crime goes down. According the the statistics from the FBI. It’s proven. Chicago lost, we (the American people) won! Thomas Jefferson would be happy.

  3. WE have pretty much lost our first amendment due to the PC crap practice of our government. The second amendment is forever under attack by the feds, the states, the cities etc. If we lose the right to protect ourselves, our property, our very OWN country, what is there to protect us from a TYRANNICAL government? WE ARE GETTING THERE….

  4. I am always amazed at how it is usually the politicians, the very rich, who want the rest of us to be unprotected, whilst they have all the protection of taxpayer paid security , or they are rich enough to hire gun toting private security.
    SCREW THEM ALL including DALY ….who made him F>>ING KING?