Gun Ruling Won’t Stop Prevention Efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thursday’s Supreme Court decision overturning the District of Columbia’s handgun ban is being felt in other big cities around the country.
Already, the National Rifle Association is planning lawsuits aimed at overturning tight restrictions on guns in Chicago and San Francisco.
Chicago’s ban on private handgun ownership most closely mirrors the law that was struck down in Washington. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says the court’s ruling is “a very frightening decision.” He’s anticipating greater violence if his city’s law is overturned.
The high court said the right to bear arms is not absolute, suggesting many existing restrictions on ownership and where they can be carried will still apply.
Legal experts say future lawsuits are inevitable, as restrictions in other cities are tested in an effort to figure out exactly how far limits on guns can go.