Washington, DC – Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today applauded the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Second Amendment rights of all Americans.  The Justices ruled 5-4 in McDonald v. Chicago that the right to “keep and bear arms” was intended by the founders to be an individual right, not merely the right of a militia.  The Court found that it is unconstitutional to restrict the rights of American citizens to the point where those rights become non-existent or are rendered ineffective.  Two years ago, the Supreme Court issued a similar opinion for the residents of the District of Columbia in D.C. v. Heller.

Ranking Member Smith: “Today’s decision affirms for all Americans the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.  This is a resounding victory for the American people and sets a strong precedent that the right of the American people to use firearms cannot be unduly restricted. 

“Following the Court’s decision two years ago to overturn the D.C. gun ban, it is disappointing that states continue to unconstitutionally place limits on Americans’ gun rights.  Today’s decision should put an end to any government seeking to limit or extinguish the Second Amendment rights of its citizens.”