US Supreme Court Upholds Gun Rights

Gun rights advocates in the United States have scored a significant victory on Monday, as the Supreme Court held that the Constitution’s Second Amendment prohibits states and local governments from imposing laws that would impede people’s right to bear arms.

In a hairline vote, the US Supreme Court ruled by a vote of 5-4 that federal judges can nullify state and local laws that encroach on people’s right to own a gun, saying that “self defense is a basic right” that has been recognized since the ancient times. The court said the constitution is clear that the right to own guns is a fundamental right that should not be limited by state and local laws.

The decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, was in connection with two legislations in Chicago and its suburb of Oak Park III that have prohibited handguns for close to 30 years.

The court ordered a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision on the laws, which were previously upheld by lower federal courts pending a ruling on the true reach of the Second Amendment.