POSTED: Monday, June 28, 2010 - 6:43pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 12:46pm
Washington D.C.-- Otis McDonald challenged the 28-year old handgun ban in Chicago. He says he cannot defend himself against drug dealers and gang bangers. The Supreme Court made its decision on the case today.
Can law-abiding citizens buy and own a firearm no matter where they live in the U.S.?
Today, the Supreme Court says "yes."
The court decision was split when five conservatives supported gun rights, and four liberals opposed.
Two years ago, the Supreme Court had a similar ruling, but it only applied to federal laws. It struck down a ban in District of Columbia, but the handgun bans in Chicago and its suburb remained.
Now, the court says the second amendment is an individual right. As some would say, this is what our founding fathers intended in the first place.
Mack Woods, owner of "The Shootist" in Tyler, is not getting his hopes up. He says, "they just keep ratifying it over and over and people just keep coming back trying to tear it down."
The Vice President of the National Rifle Association says proof of the Court's decision will be when law-abiding citizens, one by one, start buying and owning firearms.