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Supreme Court Accepts New Second Amendment Case

Posted Sep 30, 2009 9:18 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a Chicago case that asks whether the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments.

The name plaintiff in the Chicago case is Otis McDonald, an elderly man who keeps a shotgun at home to protect himself from gangs, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Supreme Court ruled last year in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protected an individual right to bear arms in Washington, D.C., a federal enclave. The decision did not determine whether the amendment restricts state and local laws under the incorporation doctrine.

The new case, McDonald v. City of Chicago, was brought by Alan Gura, the Alexandria, Va., lawyer whose Second Amendment argument succeeded in the Heller case, SCOTUSblog reports.

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