Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has set his sights on striking down strict state and local gun laws, and a pending Supreme Court case could help him do it.
Abbott attended oral arguments at the Supreme Court March 2 in the case of McDonald v. Chicago, which could topple the ability of state and local governments to pass restrictive gun laws.
Abbott said that, if the case is decided in Chicago’s favor, states and cities could continue to infringe on Second Amendment gun rights.
“It is a growing trend and desire of many municipalities to regulate handguns,” Abbott said. “The trend could threaten Texans’ right to keep and bear arms.”
Abbott, along with more than 30 other state attorneys general, submitted a friend of the court brief expressing concern about the case.
“This is part of a larger fight to protect individual liberties,” Abbott said. “That fundamental issue in America is being challenged today.”
The Second Amendment reads:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Legal scholars have argued for years whether the amendment protects individuals’ gun rights or just those of military units.
Read the rest of Erich Hiner’s story at Kansas City Infozine.