1st District DFL Rep. Tim Walz praised the U.S. Supreme Court's 5 to 4 ruling on Monday that opens to the door to overturning a handgun ban in the Chicago area.The court held that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense no matter where they live. It requires a federal appeals court to reconsider its ruling in McDonald vs. City of Chicago. Walz joined several other members of Congress in signing on to a friend-of-the-court brief in the case supporting the plaintiff's effort to overturn Chicago's nearly 30-year handgun ban. He issued the following statement regarding the court's decision:
"This decision upholds Americans' rights under the Second Amendment no matter where they live and I was proud to stand in defense of these Constitutional rights with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle."