[r91] Rep. Behning Pleased with Ban on Gun Bans (7/2/2010)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Start Date: 7/2/2010 All Day
End Date: 7/2/2010

STATEHOUSE- State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) supports the United States Supreme Court's decision this week restraining the government's ability to significantly limit "the right to keep and bear arms."

Last year, Rep. Behning 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.

"It's encouraging to see the Court respecting the rights of property owners across the country," said Rep. Behning. "Frankly, their decision is in line with the Second Amendment, and I'm honored to have played a part by signing onto the brief."

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. 

This week'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.