Time is up for the U.S. Supreme Court to issue its decision in the monumental gun-rights case, McDonald v. Chicago. The case basically asks the question, “Do the states have to obey the Second Amendment right of the people to keep and bear arms?” As originally written, the Bill of Rights was a limit on federal power only. However, under the 14th Amendment of 1868, the states were gradually brought under the control of the Bill of Rights, one small piece at a time, by Supreme Court decisions.
Chicago (and hence Illinois, along with many other localities around the nation) have basically thumbed their noses at the right to keep and bear, and hence this case to determine whether local governments can do that, or whether they are obligated to respect the rights, due process, privileges and immunities, and equal protection of all Americans. June 28 marks the end of the High Court’s season, and as expected, they’ve waited until the last day for this blockbuster. The decision will come sometime after 7 a.m. Arizona time (10 a.m. in D.C.). Pro-rights advocates are waiting to see the word “Reversed,” meaning the lower court ruling that says you have no rights is overturned, and the states are bound by 2A. Anti-rights advocates hope to see “Affirmed,” meaning Chicago can continue to deny the right to keep and bear arms to anyone in the city, as it sees fit.
A word of caution — “news” outlets will race to report on the decision, which past experience has shown will be highly inaccurate, replete with misunderstandings and bad characterizations, deliberate distortions (like, the world will end thanks to the decision), and blatant spin (we’re doomed, what is the Supreme Court doing to us, what about crime — whichever way the decision goes). They will likely get the headline right (affirmed or reversed) and summarize the unofficial non-binding summary (called the syllabus, published at the head of each case).
But keep in mind it will be impossible to read and comprehend the thick pages of legaleses that are the decision, when a well groomed talking head with little understanding of firearms policy or High Court procedure talks to you within five minutes of the decision coming out. See how they did this in words and pictures http://www.gunlaws.com/SCGC-HellerPhotos4.htm in the previous case, from my detailed account in Heller http://www.gunlaws.com/hc.htm. I will release a detailed evaluation and analysis of McDonald, after conferring with experts nationwide, after enough time to do the legwork. Watch for it.
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