STATEHOUSE- State Rep. P. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) supports the United States Supreme Court's decision yesterday restraining the government's ability to significantly limit "the right to keep and bear arms."
Last year, Rep. Turner signed onto the National Rifle Association's (NRA) amicus brief in this case, exhibiting his support for the NRA and its philosophy protecting the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
"Part of our heritage as Americans is the right to keep and bear arms in our own homes. I'm honored to help protect that right, and I'm glad the Court saw fit to protect it as well," said Rep. Turner.
The laws passed by the City of Chicago and the Village of Oak Park in Illinois completely banned hand guns. In a case two years ago, the Supreme Court had protected an individual's right to posssess guns, but that decision applied to self-defense in the home and only applied to federal laws.
Yesterday's case struck down bans passed at the local level, broadly applying the Second Amendment to state and local laws, as well as federal ones.