In a 5-4 vote, the US Supreme Court has ruled that Chicago´s ban on handgun ownership violated the second amendment rights of its citizens and was thus unconstitutional.
This is the latest victory for gun rights proponents who filed suits after a 2008 ruling that saw a similar ban lifted from the Washington, D.C., area. They argued that the US Constitution specifically allows them to bear arms for self-defense.
The official ruling was that second amendment rights applied equally between the federal and state governments, but were not directly aimed at the Chicago area laws. The court did however order a previous appeals court to review its former ruling.