Chicago Sun-Times: Drop in Crime if Ban is Lifted?
CHICAGO -- A story in the September 30 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times covered both sides of the upcoming gun-ban case in front of the Supreme Court fairly:
The U.S. Supreme Courts decision Wednesday to hear a challenge to Chicagos strictest-in-the-nation handgun ban likely means the other holster is ready to fall on the ban, advocates on both sides of the issue seemed to agree Wednesday.
A year from now there will not be a Chicago handgun ban, said Alan Gura, the attorney representing the gun owners fighting the ban.
The high courts five-member conservative majority last year threw out Washington, D.C.s gun ban in the District of Columbia v. Heller case, but stopped short of invalidating the rest of the countrys handgun bans because that case dealt with federal bans, not local ones.
But gun control advocates and even city of Chicago officials have been bracing for the high courts firmer embrace of the Second Amendment, which includes a right to bear arms.
Its going to be very difficult for Chicago not to have to make the adjustments D.C. had to make, said Paul Heimke, president of the Brady Campaign against Gun Violence.
At a news conference in Chicago Wednesday, Gura predicted the crime rate will drop in Chicago if handguns are legalized again, because, he said, would-be burglars would opt not to break into homes for fear owners could be armed.
I want to be able to protect myself in my own home. This is a right that we have that has been moved away from us, and we should have it back, said Otis McDonald, 76, a plaintiff in the case against the citys ban and a retired janitor. He says his neighborhood of Morgan Park has gotten rougher in recent years. I dont have any intention of going out there and shooting up anybody. The people who want to control me these are the people I want to protect myself from.
Read the rest of the Sun-Times story here.
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