Gun Laws Now Up to Local and State Governments

7 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, June 29 2010 Jun 29, 2010 Tuesday, June 29, 2010 1:12:43 PM CDT June 29, 2010 in News

The ruling came about two years after the U.S. Supreme court first ruled the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own guns in District of Columbia v. Heller.

The city of Chicago banned handguns in homes 27 years ago.  In more than 200 pages of opinions, the U.S. Supreme Court did not decide the constitutionality of the law.  However, Justice Stephen G. Breyer said in dissent "the majority would almost certainly strike down" the law if it had reached the question.

Justice Breyer said in dissent that there was evidence that firearms caused 60,000 deaths and injuries in the United States each year.  He also said Chicago's handgun ban has saved several hundred lives since it began in 1983.

Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club President Bob Heidenreich says not everyone who owns a gun is violent.

"Honest, law abiding citizens are not going around in gangs shooting people," Heidenreich said.

He also said their are other reasons people own guns other than to defend themselves.

"People learn to shoot so they can go hunting, they learn to go shoot so they can defend themselves if they need to, they learn to shoot as a precision sport.  Like any other sport, bowling, golf, it's a fun thing, it's an enjoyable thing," Heidenreich said.

Heidenreich grew up on a farm and learning how to shoot when he was 10 years old.

"There's people out here who bring their children out and they actually enjoy shooting and try shooting safely and with proper training at a very young age," Heidenreich said.

Albert Amadi thinks guns should not be allowed in homes.

"Guns should be kept out of the home especially for our children, for the safety of our children and our family members," Amadi said.

He says he thinks guns lead to violence.

"I've also heard a lot of stories about domestic violence that lead to homicide and all of that so when people get upset they come up with all kinds of negative thoughts one of which might pick up a gun and do harm to themselves or to a spouse or to a significant other to a friend or whoever is at home," Amadi said.

Amadi thinks hand guns are especially dangerous because they can be concealed.

"I'm anti-guns totally.  Guns out of everybody's hands aside from law enforcement," Amadi said.

 

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