Wisconsin AG applauds Supreme Court ruling on Chicago gun ban

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June 28, 2010

MADISON, Wisconsin: Shortly after the decision had been handed down, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a statement hailing the United States Supreme Court for its highly anticipated ruling in the McDonald v. City of Chicago (2008) case. With Justice Samuel Alito delivering the majority opinion, the Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 that the Second Amendment was incorporated under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and thus "applies nationwide as a restraint on the ability of government to limit its application."[1]

Van Hollen, in his press release, praised the ruling as "victory for those who value liberty" and a vindication of "every individual's fundamental right to keep and bear arms."[1] After initially having his request to file an amicus brief in support of the right to keep and bear arms on behalf of the state of Wisconsin denied by Governor Jim Doyle, the State Assembly stepped in and granted his request.

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