WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide whether strict local and state gun control laws violate the Second Amendment, ensuring another high-profile battle over the rights of gun owners.
The court said it will review a lower court ruling that upheld a handgun ban in Chicago. Gun rights supporters challenged gun laws in Chicago and some suburbs immediately following the high court’s decision in June 2008 that struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia, a federal enclave.
As well they should review it, and strike it down. I understand what Judge Easterbrook was getting at when he cited the principle of federalism in his opinion, but the Second Amendment should not allow for gun bans on the state and local level any more than the First Amendment allows states, counties or cities to require a license for a newspaper or to allow the newspaper to print only so many copies per day, week or month.