Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Debate Continues over US Gun Laws
VOAVideo: Debate Continues over US Gun Laws
New local gun laws follow a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Americans' Constitutional right to gun ownership applies nationwide. Legal challenges and debate continue a week after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that Americans have a right to own a gun for self defense anywhere they live. The Court said the Constitutional right to gun ownership applies nationwide, in response to a challenge of a gun ban in the Midwestern U.S. state of Illinois. But the court also said the ruling limits - but does not eliminate - the ability of states to devise solutions to social problems that, in the decision's words, "suit local needs and values." So gun rights supporters and those who favor more restrictions on firearms are vowing to fight on. VOA's Chris Simkins has more on the story.