Friday, April 15, 2011

June 28th Now 'Second Amendment Day'

Legislation designating June 28th of each year as “Second Amendment Day” has been signed into law.

House Bill 1511, by Rep. Steve Vaughan, designates the observance.

“June 28 was a historic day in the battle for Second Amendment rights because that is the date the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision making it clear citizens have the right to own firearms for self-defense,” said Vaughan, R-Ponca City.

In the case of McDonald V. City of Chicago, Illinois, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s ban on handguns. The case involved a man in his 70s who lived in a crime-infested neighborhood and purchased a gun for protection, violating the city’s ban on handguns. In ruling against the ban, the court made clear that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense where they live.

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