Today, in a 5-4 vote the United States Supreme Court struck down a 28-year-old ban on handguns in the city of Chicago, affirming the right to own guaranteed by the Second Amendment. This ruling extends Second Amendment rights to every city and state in the country, not just federal laws or jurisdictions.
The Supreme Court decision comes nearly two years after the District of Columbia vs. Heller case in which the Court struck down a similarly restrictive handgun ban in Washington, D.C.
In his majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito wrote "the right to keep and bear arms must be regarded as a substantive guarantee, not a prohibition that could be ignored so long as the States legislated in an evenhanded manner."
"This is a victory for gun owners and freedom loving Americans everywhere," said Martha Roby, Republican candidate for Alabama's Second Congressional District. "Law abiding citizens should have the right to own a gun for their own self-defense or any other reason. I applaud the majority's decision to affirm the individual right to own stated in the Second Amendment."
"We also must be mindful that this was decided on a narrow 5-4 decision of the Court, as was Heller," said Roby. "We need to be vigilant in protecting our rights and make sure we are confirming judges who interpret the law, not activists who legislate from the bench."