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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Second Amendment Rights

High court issues decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago gun case

June 28, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC —  Senator John Thune today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to prevent state and local governments from imposing unreasonable restrictions on an individual's constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

"Today's ruling is a victory for the Second Amendment rights of people across our great state and throughout the country. South Dakotans have long enjoyed their right to lawfully own and carry firearms," said Thune. "This important decision will help protect other law-abiding citizens from illegal state and local restrictions on their right to keep and bear arms."

The McDonald v. City of Chicago case follows the District of Columbia v. Heller case in which the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm for private use in federal enclaves.
"The use of firearms for hunting is a South Dakota tradition," said Thune. "I'm pleased to see the Supreme Court uphold this fundamental right for all responsible firearm owners in America."

Senator Thune joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of his colleagues in filing an amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," brief asking the Supreme Court to apply the Second Amendment to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution-similar to other provisions in the Bill of Rights.