McDonald v. City of Chicago


Challenged Chicago’s gun registration


Argued March 2, 2010
Decided June 28, 2010

  • 561 U.S. 742
  • Applied the 2nd Amendment to the states through the 14th Amendment
  • decision of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • found that the right of an individual to “keep and bear arms” is protected under the Second Amendment

14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1868, granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States—including former slaves—and guaranteed all citizens “equal protection of the laws.”

All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. – Section 1

14th Amendment 1868
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