Fighting Gun Control

Texas joins 32 other states in a request to the Supreme Court to hear a case on the right to bear arms. The brief filed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today calls for the court to overturn a lower court's decision that prohibited a Chicago man from owning a gun. Laurie Johnson has more.

The case of McDonald v. City of Chicago involves a Chicago man who challenged the city's ban on handguns. A U.S. District Court ruled in favor of the Chicago ordinance and Otis McDonald has now appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says the second amendment right to bear arms is at stake in this case.

"There is a decision out of a federal court of appeals in Illinois that says the second amendment right does not apply to states or municipalities. If the Supreme Court does not overturn the court of appeals decision then the second amendment rights that everyone took for granted as applying to the states will not exist. And it will give states and municipalities greater authority to limit a person's right and ability to bear arms."

Abbott joined the attorneys general of 32 other states in filing what's known as an amicus brief, a document urging the Supreme Court to take the case.

"If I were to have filed this on my own with no one else joining, it would just be one out of 50 attorneys general. Being that we have 33 of the states on there, it sends a signal to the U.S. Supreme Court that this is an issue that's important to the entire country, even though the case came out of Chicago, it has an impact that goes far beyond Chicago."

Supreme Court justices will spend the summer going over their caseload and will issue orders some time in the fall over whether the case is accepted.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.

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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...