Supreme Court Weighs Chicago’s Strict Gun Ban


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ABC News
March 1, 2010

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In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution protects an individual’s right to own a gun in his or her home.

Otis McDonald, 76, is afraid for his life in his crime-saturated Chicago neighborhood and he is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn his city’s strict ban on handguns in the home.

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“In my home, this is the only time I worry,” McDonald said. “There’s more guns coming into this city than the police can take away from them. So if I’ve got a gun, and if others have guns in their homes to protect themselves, then that’s one thing that police would have to worry about less.”

For nearly 30 years, Chicago has banned possession of handguns and automatic weapons inside city limits, one of the most stringent gun laws in the country.

McDonald’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court comes a year and a half after the Court stunned gun-control advocates in another case, declaring for the first time that the Constitution protects an individual’s right to own a gun in his or her home.

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