The Supreme Court has accepted an appeal “challenging the ability of state and local governments to enforce strict limits on handguns and other weapons” according to a news story posted today on CNN.com.
Oral arguments are expected to start early next year. The most anticipated of the 10 cases chosen for review has to be McDonald v. Chicago, in which the city of Chicago’s ban on handguns is being challenged by community activist Otis McDonald. A resident of a high-crime neighborhood in Chicago, McDonald was denied a handgun permit despite the fact that his work has subjected him to violent threats from drug dealers and other criminals.
Chicago’s ban is considered one of the toughest in the country. (Luckily for Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley, the ban doesn’t extend to his personal security team; one of his armed guards was able to safely apprehend a convicted killer lurking near the mayor’s vacation home in Michigan last July after a prison break.)