The Bill Of Rights Of The United States

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The Bill of Rights lists certain freedoms and liberties that are guaranteed to the people of the United States of America. Because these rights are in the Constitution, they are federal laws that apply to everyone in America. To ensure there was no question as to who the Bill of Rights applied to, the Fourteenth Amendment was passed in 1868 giving anyone born in, or a citizen of, the United States the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The amendment left clauses giving some interpretation to the states and other local municipalities. The District of Columbia used one of these clauses to ban all handguns within city limits. The District of Columbia’s ban of handguns was a discrepancy in which the citizens of the city were not able to rightfully exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms. After the law was looked at by the Supreme Court in DC vs. Heller, the court ruled the law was unconstitutional and citizens living in the District of Columbia were being unjustly denied their constitutional rights. After hearing the Supreme Court’s decision in DC vs. Heller, a 76 year old Chicago resident named Otis McDonald looked to remove a City of Chicago ban on handguns which was similar to that in the District of Columbia. Joined by three other Chicago residents, Adam Orlov, and Colleen and David Lawson, McDonald and his colleges filed a suit against the citywide ban of handguns, and eventually became know as McDonald vs. City of Chicago. McDonald vs. City of
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