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Supreme Court gun ruling allows gun rights

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The Supreme Court ruled in favor of gun owners Monday, ending a debate that started in Chicago 28 years ago. The Supreme Court backed the second amendment, the Constitution's "right to keep and bear firearms."

Chicago put a ban on hand guns in the 1980's in hopes of making the city safer for police officers. Gun rights advocates objected and took the case to Supreme Court.

Gary Stoffregen lives right next door to Central Range in Dubuque.

"People enjoy target practice over here at central gun range," Stoffregen said.

He says he doesn't mind people practicing their aim. In fact he doesn't think there is anything wrong with owning a gun.

"I think its good that people have the right to bare arms," Stroffregen said.

Monday, in 5-4 vote on the Supreme Court, firearm owners who use Central Range saw a victory.

The court ruled a Chicago gun law, banning handgun ownership, unjust. It set the bar and made a statement about individual rights for self protection.

"This is my right to own a firearm. I have a right to protect myself. And no one's gonna take it away from me," NRA Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre said

But Stoffregen says this victory in gun rights could lead to more violence.

"More people buy guns now," Stroffregen said.

He says this specific ruling only effects Chicago but it will be interesting to see if state lawmakers fire back.

"If you disrespect something long enough it's gonna bite yah," Stroffregen.

Either way, for now, Monday's ruling could set the tone across the country. This isn't the first time the Supreme Court has made a ruling that trumps a state law. The court already struck down a similar handgun ban in Washington D.C.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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