Senator Bob Deuell

November 24, 2009
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Deuell Signs Amicus Brief in Pivotal Supreme Court Case

Legislators Petition High Court to Protect Second Amendment Rights

(AUSTIN) — State Senator Bob Deuell (R - Greenville) has joined a large group of state legislators and other elected officials from all 50 states in signing an amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago. The case relates to the city's prohibition on firearms, which Deuell and other signers believe is unconstitutional.

"A law-abiding citizen's right to keep and bear arms is clearly and plainly protected by the U.S. Constitution," Deuell said. "I am hopeful the Supreme Court will recognize this and look favorably on our arguments."

Last year, the Supreme Court struck down a similar law in declaring the Washington, D.C. handgun ban unconstitutional (District of Columbia v. Heller). The city of Chicago argues that the decision does not apply to bans imposed by state and local governments.

In September, the Court agreed to consider the McDonald case, on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Chicago has had a handgun ban and other restrictive gun laws in place for 27 years. The Supreme Court is expected to hear the McDonald case in February 2010.

Senator Bob Deuell is a avid outdoorsman and has been A+ rated by the National Rifle Association. He is currently serving his second term in the Texas Senate.