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An employee of the Project Y2000 firing range checks the balance of a handgun at the range in El Cajon, Southern California, on April 21, 2009.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today to strike down strict anti-gun laws in Chicago and one of its suburbs. Today’s ruling expands a previous decision that invalidated Washington D.C.’s handgun ban, affirming the majority’s belief that the 2nd Amendment protects the individual right to own a gun for self-defense. While the previous case made federal anti-handgun laws unconstitutional, today’s ruling further prohibits states and municipalities from banning guns outright. Do local governments have the right to restrict gun ownership? And since Chicago had one of the nation’s strictest bans, will other local gun laws stand?
Jonathan Lowy, Director of the Legal Action Project at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. Prof. Volokh is a constitutional law expert, who specializes in the First Amendment, cyberspace law, harassment law and gun control.