August 2010

Down Range: August 2010

Dark Cloud Inside McDonald

Formally styled McDonald et al. v. City of Chicago, Illlinois, et al., No. 08–1521, the case follows the Supreme Court’s 2008 Heller decision that struck down a handgun ban within the District of Columbia. That decision found, for the first time, that the 'right of the people to keep and bear arms' guaranteed by the Second Amendment applies to individuals outside the 'well regulated militia' familiar to 18th-century Americans. Because the capital city is a federal enclave, the 2008 decision left open, as a formal matter at least, whether the same principle applied in the 50 states.

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