5 years, 2 months ago
From Chicago Tribune:
A gun-rights group has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal judge in Illinois ruled against allowing people to carry firearms on the street.
The Second Amendment Foundation announced Monday it’s appealing the decision by federal district Judge Sue Myerscough.
Currently only Illinois and the District of Columbia prohibit the concealed carrying of weapons. Gun owners say that infringes on their 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Myerscough ruled Friday that the 2nd Amendment allows citizens to protect themselves with guns in their home but not on the street.
Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb says citizens “don’t check our constitutional rights at the front door.”
A similar Illinois-based lawsuit backed by the National Rifle Association remains in federal court.
The Supreme Court had the chance to clarify issues associated with the scope and expanse of the second amendment in numerous recent cases, including the case of Sean Masciandaro (which they declined to hear). There was a similar decision in the Southern district of New York concerning carrying a weapon outside the home. We are here because this is exactly where the opinion in Heller versus D.C. put us, with lower courts stripping our constitutional rights because the opinion didn’t make it clear that the second amendment extends outside one’s domicile.
The SCOTUS has yet another good opportunity to clarify things and set the record straight. Let’s hope that they don’t fail this time around.