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Chicago’s Daley Defiant Over Gun Ban Ruling

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In response to Monday’s Supreme Court Ruling in McDonald vs. Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago declared that the city would look for a way to reinstitute restrictions on 2nd Amendment rights within the city now that the court’s ruling has made their prior gun ban “unenforceable.”

The court’s ruling follows on other recent rulings which have struck down state and local ordinances which limit gun rights, applying the First and Fourteenth Amendments to assert the principle that the rights protected in the Bill of Rights transcend state and local laws and are not just limitations on the power of the federal government.

The court decision is a qualified victory for gun rights advocates because it still leaves open the possibility of regulation of gun ownership and does not declare Second Amendment rights to be absolute and immune to other sorts of restrictions. However, following on Heller vs. the District of Columbia this ruling makes very clear that the Supreme Court will not tolerate any jurisdictions attempting to infringe on the 2nd Amendment. Whether they will be as firm with other Constitutionally protected rights remains to be seen.

Although many conservatives who favor a states-rights approach to government find broad applications of the 14th Amendment objectionable, they now face the ironic reality that the Supreme Court has used that Amendment as the basis for protecting one of their most preciously held rights, affirming the intent of that Amendment, which was to guarantee a safeguard against abuse of power by state and local governments.

Daley’s declaration that he will continue to pursue efforts to limit gun rights opens another front in the political left’s war on the court, the Constitution and the rights of the people.

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About Dave Nalle

Dave Nalle is Executive Director of the Texas Liberty Foundation, Chairman of the Center for Foreign and Defense Policy, South Central Regional Director for the Republican Liberty Caucus and an advisory board member at the Coalition to Reduce Spending. He was Texas State Director for the Gary Johnson Presidential campaign, an adviser to the Ted Cruz senatorial campaign, Communications Director for the Travis County Republican Party and National Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus. He has also consulted on many political campaigns, specializing in messaging. Before focusing on political activism, he owned or was a partner in several businesses in the publishing industry and taught college-level history for 20 years.
  • Georgio

    DAVE I am from Chicago and never agreed with his gun ban ..It was stupid to say decent citizens could not have guns but but teen age gangs never follow laws so what’s the point ..I wish there was someway to keep guns out of the hands of gangs but I can;t think of any..so I have to agree with you..

  • It would be nice if Daley focused more on addressing the gang problem itself and less on disarming honest citizens.


  • I Agree with Dave Nalle!

  • By all accounts, the Chicago police force is one of the most corrupt and inept in the country.

    It’s also not used all that efficiently, from what I could tell when I was there. They have cops guarding the front doors of hotels, for cripes’ sake – a job that could much more suitably be done by a private security firm… or the damn doorman.

  • Yeah.. by all means I agree with Dreadful about the corruption of Police!!