In 1982, Chicago instituted a handgun ban in the hope of cutting down crime. Twenty-eight years later, resident Otis McDonald decided he wanted to own a gun to protect himself in his crime- and drug-ridden neighborhood. Last week, the Supreme Court sided with McDonald in a 5-4 vote, ruling that the federal right to bear arms also applies at the state and local level. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, calls McDonald v. Chicago a "landmark decision," but says that doesn't mean the NRA's fight to protect the Second Amendment is over. LaPierre spoke with U.S. News about the need for legislation to safeguard the Supreme Court decision and to enforce criminal prosecution of those who obtain guns illegally to commit crimes.
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