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Alaska delegation praises high court ruling against handgun ban

June 29, 2010

by Channel 2 News staff
Monday, June 28, 2010

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska's congressional delegation applauded the Supreme Court's decision Monday that Americans have a right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live.

The ruling struck down a total handgun ban in Chicago and a suburb of the city, but the Court suggested some restrictions may be permitted.

The Court held that firearm possession is a fundamental constitutional right, and that courts across the country are therefore empowered to strike down state and local weapon laws that infringe on this basic right.

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"Today is an excellent day for the Second Amendment and the rights of Alaskans and all Americans to keep and bear arms," Sen. Mark Begich said in a statement.

Rep. Don Young issued a similar statement.

"I commend the Supreme Court for their work upholding the laws that protect our freedoms, and will continue to work tirelessly in Congress to ensure these freedoms are protected," Young said.

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