Assigned Reading: Chicago Law Banning Handguns in City Upheld in Court
Given my heavy eyelids and waning laptop battery, I don’t have the time to devote to this as I’d like. All in all, it comes down to the debate over whether the Second Amendment should be incorporated against the states, something that I covered in fair detail almost a month ago, in a piece entitled The Victory for Gun Rights that Nobody Heard About.
This particular ruling, obviously, was not a victory. But, given the judges involved, it was not totally unexpected. Judges Easterbrook and Posner, while noted conservatives, maintained objectivity and upheld the law at this time with regard to their decision on this matter. The Second Amendment is not currently incorporated, and they set aside any leanings of their own — something a judge less committed to the rule of law may not have done.
Before going any further, I need to read the opinions in detail, something these darned eyelids just won’t let me do now. Regardless, this matter is headed to the Supreme Court, as it should, and I cannot wait for the federalism debate which follows.