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Friday, February 26, 2010

Major gun-rights case headed to Supreme Court?

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Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago, which challenges the city's handgun ban. Experts, though, say it could have a huge impact, beyond just Chicago. You might be thinking: Aha! Didn't the Supremes rule last year that, yes, there is a basic right for individuals to own firearms?

That's true. But it's still not clear whether that ruling applies only at the federal level. (That case centered on the District of Columbia, which is under the federal umbrella.) And it's not clear how it effects rules created by states and cities. The Supremes had seemed to indicate that some gun-control laws, such as those forbidding felons from owning guns, were OK.

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