The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case next year that will have every gun rights and gun control supporter watching with more than the usual anticipation. The court is to decide if state and local gun control laws violate the Second Amendment. In McDonald v. Chicago, gun rights advocates are challenging a lower court ruling which upheld a Chicago gun ban law.
Judge Frank Easterbrook, of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said "the Constitution establishes a federal republic where local differences are to be cherished as elements of liberty rather than extirpated in order to produce a single, nationally applicable rule."
"Federalism is an older and more deeply rooted tradition than is a right to carry any particular kind of weapon," wrote Easterbrook. He also said that evaluating arguments over the extension of the Second Amendment is a job "for the justices rather than a court of appeals."
In June 2008 the High Court struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia, which is owned and operated by the federal government. The Chicagoans and their suburban neighbors are now trying to ascertain if this ruling applies to local and state laws.
Any bets as to how the Court will decide?