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For Immediate Release

Brady Campaign Statement On Arguments In U. S. Supreme Court Gun Case


Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence,
observed the oral argument today in the case of McDonald v. City of
Chicago at the U.S. Supreme Court, and issued the following statement:

the two years since the Heller decision, courts throughout the country
have rejected the arguments of gun criminals and the gun lobby that the
Second Amendment enshrines their 'any gun, anywhere, any time' agenda.

arguments seemed to indicate a consensus around the Court's strong
language in the Heller decision that reasonable restrictions on gun
ownership are 'presumptively lawful.'

"Either way the Court
decides the 'incorporation' issue, the Second Amendment continues to
allow Americans to have the strong, common sense gun laws they want and
need to help protect our communities. The Supreme Court should
maintain the limitations it set out in the Heller decision and defer to
the judgments of our elected officials in protecting the public from
gun violence."

The Brady Center filed a brief amicus curiae in the McDonald case, available at

Brady United formerly known as The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and its legislative and grassroots affiliate, the Brady Campaign and its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, is the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence. We are devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.