Alexander Statement on Supreme Court Firearms Ruling

Posted on June 28, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in McDonald v. Chicago—a decision that mirrors recommendations from an amicus brief Alexander signed last November:

“I’m glad to see that the Supreme Court has rightly decided that law-abiding citizens have an individual right under the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms, regardless of where they live in the United States.”

On June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that Americans have an individual right to keep and bear arms when it struck down a D.C. law that banned the possession of handguns in the home.  Today, the Court ruled in McDonald v. Chicago that the individual right extends to all 50 states and cannot be infringed upon by state or local law.  In November 2009, Alexander was one of 58 U.S. senators and 251 U.S. representatives who signed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court urging it to reach this conclusion.