The Supreme Court held today that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live, advancing a recent trend by the Court to embrace gun rights. By a 5-4 vote, the justices cast doubt on handgun bans in the Chicago area, but signaled that some limitations on the Constitution's "right to keep and bear arms" could survive legal challenges. Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority, said that the Second Amendment right "applies equally to the federal government and the states."
Justices Extend Gun Owner Rights Nationwide
The Associated Press
June 28, 2010