Supreme Court Extends Gun Rights to States and Cities

The U.S. Supreme Court extended the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to states and cities. The ruling came in a case involving Chicago’s 28-year-old handgun ban. The decision was the result of a 5-4 vote, which was split along conservative and liberal lines. Previous rulings had applied to federal laws and federal enclaves, like Washington D.C., where  a similar handgun ban was struck down in 2008.

According to U.S. government statistics, there are 80 deaths per day as a result of gunshots, with 34 of those being homicides. The ruling found that handgun ownership is a fundamental right that state and local governments cannot ban from the home.  Most parts of the Bill of Rights, such as  freedom of speech or the right against unreasonable searches and seizures, have been extended to states in the past century. This ruling similarly extends the Second Amendment to states.