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Governor Parnell Hails U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Gun Rights

June 28, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today praised the U.S. Supreme Court for its ruling that the Second Amendment of the Constitution confers an individual right to firearm possession even outside of the federal enclave of Washington, D.C.

In the case of McDonald v. Chicago, the high court ruled for the first time that the right to bear arms applies to all Americans. The ruling expands upon last year's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.

The State of Alaska was among the states that asked for Supreme Court review of McDonald and that signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief in support of handgun owners in Chicago and the suburb of Oak Park. Alaska was likewise involved in Heller.

"It is through the right to bear arms that our other rights are secured," said Governor Parnell. "The Supreme Court has put this issue to rest once and for all."

"Today's landmark ruling prohibits state and local governments from denying Americans their right to bear arms, which is an issue close to the heart of Alaskans," said Attorney General Dan Sullivan.

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