Justices extend gun owner rights nationwide

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Posted: Jun 28, 2010 10:26 AM
Updated: Jun 28, 2010 10:32 AM
Source: AP

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Topics: Supreme Court, Guns, Second Amendment

The Supreme Court has come down on the side of gun rights, ruling today that the Second Amendment restrains the government's ability to significantly limit "the right to keep and bear arms."

In a 5-4 vote, the justices also signaled that less severe restrictions could survive legal challenges.

In a case involving restrictive laws in Chicago and one of its suburbs, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the Second Amendment right "applies equally to the federal government and the states."

Today's decision orders a federal appeals court to reconsider its ruling upholding the laws. But it left little doubt that the laws would eventually fall.

Alito noted that the decision does not fully eliminate the "ability to devise solutions to social problems that suit local needs and values."

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