TODAY'S QUESTION: Did U.S. Supreme Court make right decision in striking down handgun ban?

Monday, June 28, 2010 | 4:18 p.m. CDT; updated 4:07 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against Chicago's ban on handguns. According to a Chicago Sun-Times article, the Supreme Court hinted in the 5-4 ban that less stringent bans could be upheld.

Prior to the ruling, handguns had been banned in Chicago and Oak Park, Ill., for nearly 30 years. 

Justice Samuel Alito said the right to bear firearms, guaranteed under the Second Amendment, "applies equally to the federal government and the states," according to the Sun-Times' article.

According to the article, this is the first time this issue has come before the country's highest court. Two years ago the court said the Second Amendment does protect a person's right to possess guns, at least to protect one's home.

However, that ruling only applied to federal laws. The court was careful not to cast doubt on state regulations. However, the new court ruling goes further than the previous one. 

In Missouri, residents are not required to obtain a state permit in order to purchase rifles, shotguns or handguns. Missouri law also states that it is unlawful for residents to sell, lease or loan a firearm to a person who is not lawfully entitled to have one. It is also illegal to sell, lease or loan a firearm to someone who is intoxicated.

Minors must have consent of a parent or guardian in order to purchase a firearm.

Did the U.S. Supreme Court make the right decision in striking down the handgun ban? Will this decision have any impact in Missouri?


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