State attorneys general from 33 states, including Texas, have filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court that says state and local handgun bans violate the Second Amendment. The brief, submitted by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot on behalf of the other states, asks the court to hear a legal challenge against the handgun ban in the city of Chicago, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The attorneys general filed the brief in support of plaintiffs seeking to reverse a decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, which upheld that ban. The Supreme Court struck down a similar ban in Washington, D.C., in 2008, but did not make clear in their ruling whether or not the Second Amendment protection only applies to the federal government. The brief asks the court to affirm Second Amendment protections extend nationwide, according to the paper.
“If the Second Amendment applies exclusively to the federal government, many Americans may find their constitutional right to arms severely compromised or entirely abrogated by local regulations,” the brief said. “Without this court?s review, millions of Americans may be deprived of their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms as a result of actions by local governments, such as the ordinances challenged in this case,” the brief stated.
The above was sent to me by the Texas Trophy Hunters association, so I am passing it along.