WHEREAS, Gun violence is an ever present problem in the State, as well as nationwide; an example of which is 8 persons dying in Chicago in one week in October due to gun violence; and . . .
WHEREAS, In the past few years, court rulings, including the United States Supreme Court in District of Columbia V. Heller, in interpreting the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution have overturned long standing precedent, which had supported state and local authority to deny gun possession when necessary to promote and protect public safety; in order to reach its decision, the 5 member majority of the United States Supreme Court either ignored or misinterpreted much of the clear and plain wording of the Second Amendment; and
WHEREAS, As stated by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stevens in his well-thought out dissent on behalf of 4 Justices in Heller: “The Second Amendment was adopted to protect the right of the people of each of the several States to maintain a well-regulated militia. It was a response to concerns raised during ratification of the Constitution that the power of Congress to disarm the state militias and create a national standing army posed an intolerable threat …Read the Rest
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