Bad News for Chicago’s Mayor Daley: He’s got the Texas Attorney General mad at him now!
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today took legal action to protect Texans’ Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. In a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court and authored by Attorney General Abbott, 38 state attorneys general explain that law-abiding Americans have a fundamental right to bear arms – and that local governments cannot simply disregard that right and impose an outright ban on handgun possession.
“Just last year we successfully fought to have the U.S. Supreme Court confirm that Americans have an individual, constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Now, the City of Chicago claims that the Supreme Court’s year-old decision does not apply to local governments – so cities and towns can simply ignore the Second Amendment and pass laws that disregard city residents’ constitutionally protected rights. In response, we’ve built a coalition of 38 state attorneys general who reject Chicago’s attempt to circumvent the Constitution and who understand that all Americans – whether they live in D.C. or not – have a fundamental right to keep and bear arms.”
Thirty-eight attorneys general. Mayor Daley must be completely unhinged to think his anti-gun lawsuits were a good idea. In fact, isn’t Chicago in the red now because of the millions Daley’s spent on these suits?
Texas has some small amount of experience here, both with the Supreme Court, as well as with gun cases:
The attorney general’s brief in McDonald v. Chicago supports a legal challenge by Otis McDonald, a community activist who lives in a high-crime Chicago neighborhood. McDonald’s work to improve his neighborhood subjected him to violent threats from drug dealers, but City of Chicago ordinances prohibit him from obtaining a handgun to protect himself.
Last year, Attorney General Abbott and 31 other state attorneys general filed an amicus brief in District of Columbia v. Heller, in which they urged the Supreme Court to overturn a Washington, D.C., law that banned all handguns and required that rifles and shotguns be disassembled or encumbered by trigger locks at all times. In a landmark 2008 decision, the Court agreed with the attorney general’s position and declared the federal city’s handgun ban unconstitutional, holding that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms.
Heh. Watch for this one to cause great consternation in the greater Chicagoland area. And soon.