Following the Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which invalidated Washington D.C.'s restrictions on handgun possession, it was announced that the Courth would consider a similar case, McDonald v. City of Chicago, this spring.
Since the ruling in Heller applied only to federal jurisdictions, such as Washington D.C., the Court will now consider its application to the States under McDonald. The case is expected to address the basis for Second Amendment protection to States through the Due Process clause and the privileges and Immunities clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
"The Second Amendment is deeply roote din our nation's history and tradition. Ensuring it's protected for future generations, whether for purposes of protection or outdoor recreation, is among my top priorities."
The ruling in McDonald will have major implications for the legality of restrictive gun laws in cities and states nationwide. Recognizing these implications, Congressman Hunter was joined by several other Member so Congress in supporting an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief stating support for the Second Amendment and its application to the States.
Congressman Hunter is hopeful that the Court will reach the conclusion that the 14th Amendment clearly applies the Second Amendment to the States. The Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on March 2, 2010.