Sanders Praises Supreme Court’s Decision to Lift Gun Ban

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mike Sanders praised the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down state and local bans on firearm ownership.

The Supreme Court ruled in McDonald v. Chicago that the Chicago gun ban was unconstitutional. A lower court will decide what parts of the Chicago law will have to change.

Sanders, a card-carrying NRA member, said he was one of a number of state lawmakers who signed an amicuscuriae (or “friend of the court”) brief in support of the gun ban challenge.

“I was not surprised to see the Supreme Court rule that the gun ban was unconstitutional,” Sanders, R-Kingfisher, said. “They had previously ruled that the District of Columbia’s gun ban was unconstitutional and that the Second Amendment guarantees our right to have guns in our homes for self-defense. The only reason that the ruling was not the final word on gun bans was that the District of Columbia isn’t a state. Now we have a ruling which makes it clear that states cannot ban an individual’s right to bear arms.”

Sanders said gun rights are near and dear to the heart of many rural Americans, and especially to Oklahomans.

“The case serves as a vindication of what many have long believed and argued, that the Second Amendment guarantees our right to keep and bear arms,” Sanders said. “The case ends an almost three-decade old handgun ban in Chicago and will limit the number of other restrictive gun laws that city has in place.”

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