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Justices Extend Firearm Rights in 5-to-4 Ruling Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the Second Amendment, which forbids Congress from infringing the right to keep and bear arms, applies to state and local governments as well. By ADAM LIPTAK Published: June 28, 2010 WASHINGTON — The Second Amendment’s guarantee of an individual right to bear arms  applies to state and local gun control laws, the  Supreme Court   ruled  Monday in a 5-to-4  decision.  Multimedia Document   Supreme Court Decision: McDonald v. Chicago 
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Graphic   Monday’s Rulings Related Justices Will Weigh Challenges to Gun Laws  (October 1, 2009)  Tailgating Outside the Supreme Court, Without the Cars  (March 3, 2010)  Supreme Court Still Divided on Guns  (March 3, 2010)  What Bolstering Gun Rights Will Mean How should cities and states alter their gun control policies in light of the Supreme Court decision? Post a Comment Enlarge This Image Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images The ruling on the Second Amendment pleased Wayne LaPierre, left, a top official of the National Rifle Association, who spoke about it Monday outside the Supreme Court. Enlarge This Image
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Kamil Krzaczynski/European Pressphoto Agency At issue was whether the amendment applied to states and municipalities, like Lockport, Ill., where handguns were for sale Monday. The ruling came almost exactly two years after the court first ruled that the Second  Amendment protects an individual right to own guns in  District of Columbia v. Heller another 5-to-4 decision.  But the Heller case addressed only federal laws; it left open the question of whether Second  Amendment rights protect gun owners from overreaching by state and local governments.  Justice  Samuel A. Alito Jr. , writing for the majority, said the right to self-defense protected  by the Second Amendment was fundamental to the American conception of ordered liberty.  Like other provisions of the Bill of Rights setting out such fundamental protections, he said,  it must be applied to limit not only federal power but also that of state and local  governments.  The ruling is an enormous symbolic victory for supporters of gun rights, but its short-term 
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