Begich Praises U.S. Supreme Court Gun Ruling
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the case of McDonald v. Chicago. The high court ruled Chicago's ban on handguns is unconstitutional:
"Today is an excellent day for the 2nd Amendment and the rights of Alaskans and all Americans to keep and bear arms. Alaskans place high value on their 2nd Amendment rights and those rights should be enjoyed by responsible gun owners across this country.
"The Supreme Court has upheld the Constitution and this fundamental right in both the Heller and McDonald cases, which is a good trend. I don't always agree with the Court, but today they have made the right decision which will have a positive impact in all corners of the U.S."
Last year, Sen. Begich signed a friend-of-the-court brief in favor of gun rights in the McDonald v Chicago Supreme Court case. The case was a natural follow-up to the earlier Heller decision, which overturned Washington D.C.'s longstanding ban on firearms. The McDonald case is broader in scope, applying to gun rights in all state and city governments where Heller applied only to areas under the control of the federal government, including the District of Columbia.
Sen. Begich is a co-sponsor of the Second Amendment Enforcement Act introduced in April by Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jon Tester. The legislation is designed to secure 2nd Amendment rights for law abiding gun owners in the District of Columbia, following the Heller decision. If it becomes law, the Second Amendment Enforcement Act would take precedence over D.C.'s laws on guns because the federal government has jurisdiction over the city.