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April 10, 1986 | United Press International
In a victory for the gun lobby, the House voted today to ease the nation's gun control law for the first time since 1968, but kept in place a controversial ban on interstate sale of handguns. After a morning of tumultuous debate, lawmakers voted 292 to 130 to approve legislation backed by the powerful National Rifle Assn. to allow interstate sale and transportation of rifles and shotguns, and ease reporting requirements on the nation's 250,000 gun dealers. "Merits were not considered," Rep.
The state attorney general's office has concluded that West Hollywood's groundbreaking ban on so-called Saturday night specials should be overturned by the courts because it directly conflicts with California's authority to regulate firearms.
February 28, 2010 | By David Savage
When the Supreme Court takes up a challenge this week to Chicago's strict ban on handguns, it will hear two contrasting visions of how to make the city safer and to protect its residents from gun violence. On one side are the law-abiding city dwellers who say they need guns to protect themselves from armed thugs. Among them is Otis McDonald, who says he is worried about the armed drug dealers on the streets in his Morgan Park neighborhood. "I only want a handgun in my home for my protection," said McDonald, 76. On the other side are prosecutors and police who say the city's ban on handguns gives them a legal basis for confronting gang members and drug dealers.
October 1, 2009 | David G. Savage
The Supreme Court set the stage for a historic ruling on gun rights and the 2nd Amendment by agreeing today to hear a challenge to Chicago's ban on handguns. At issue is whether state and local gun-control ordinances can be struck down as violating the "right to keep and bear arms" in the 2nd Amendment. A ruling on the issue, due by next summer, could open the door to legal challenges to various gun control measures in cities and states across the nation. The case also will decide whether the 2nd Amendment protects a broad constitutional right, similar to the 1st Amendment's right to free speech or the 4th Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.
March 3, 2010 | By David G. Savage
The Supreme Court justices, hearing a 2nd Amendment challenge to Chicago's ban on handguns, signaled Tuesday that they were ready to extend gun rights nationwide, clearing the way for legal attacks on state and local gun restrictions. The court's majority appears almost certain to strike down a Chicago ordinance and rule that residents have a right to a handgun at home. Of U.S. cities, only Chicago and its Oak Park suburb have total bans on handguns. But many cities and states have laws regulating who can have a gun and where they can take it. Gun rights advocates have said they've been waiting for the court's ruling in this case to begin challenging gun regulations nationwide.
July 29, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case that struck down the city's handgun ban filed a federal lawsuit alleging that its new regulations still violate an individual's right to own a gun for self-defense. Dick Heller and two other plaintiffs contend that the city continues to violate the intent of the Supreme Court's June 26 decision by prohibiting the ownership of most semiautomatic weapons, requiring an "arbitrary" fee to register a firearm and establishing rules that make it all but impossible to keep a gun in the home for immediate self-defense.
June 29, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities and states must abide by the 2nd Amendment, strengthening the rights of gun owners and opening courthouse doors nationwide for gun rights advocates to argue that restrictions on firearms are unconstitutional. In a 5-4 decision, the justices said the right to have a handgun for self-defense is "fundamental from an American perspective [and] applies equally to the federal government and the states." The high court overturned 19th century rulings that said the 2nd Amendment restricted only federal gun laws, not local or state measures.
August 23, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
The Internet has allowed tens of millions of Americans to be published writers. But it also has led to a surge in lawsuits from those who say they were hurt, defamed or threatened by what they read, according to groups that track media lawsuits. "It was probably inevitable, but we have seen a steady growth in litigation over content on the Internet," said Sandra Baron, executive director of the Media Law Resource Center in New York. Although bloggers may have a free-speech right to say what they want online, courts have found that they are not protected from being sued for their comments, even if they are posted anonymously.
One year after the Columbine High School shooting, newly energized gun-control forces are grappling with a potentially critical split within their ranks over a key strategic decision: How far can they hope to go in reining in guns? For all the recent talk of "smart" guns, trigger locks and other innovations in weapons safety, an increasingly vocal minority in the gun-control community is arguing that nothing short of a ban on handguns will stem gun violence.
February 11, 2004
Re "Gun Control Remains a Loaded Issue for Democratic Candidates," by John Lott Jr. and Grover Norquist, Commentary, Feb. 6: I am a "latte-drinking" liberal who learned how to properly handle and shoot guns before I was in high school. In my opinion, schools should teach every child how to handle a gun long before he or she gets to high school. Education and understanding are the basis of our freedoms, including the 2nd Amendment. I do not currently own a gun. However, if the Republican ideology continues to gain dominance in this country, that will change.
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