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Supreme Court of the Uniited States - Chicago Gun Ban Oral Arguments

Supreme Court of the Uniited States - Chicago Gun Ban Oral Arguments

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McDonald vs. Chicago
McDonald vs. Chicago

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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - xOTIS MCDONALD, ET AL., :Petitioners :v. : No. 08-1521CITY OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ET AL. :- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - xWashington, D.C.Tuesday, March 2, 2010The above-entitled matter came on for oralargument before the Supreme Court of the United Statesat 10:13 a.m.APPEARANCES:ALAN GURA, ESQ., Alexandria, Virginia; on behalf ofPetitioners.PAUL D. CLEMENT, ESQ., Washington, D.C.; for RespondentsNational Rifle Association, Inc., et al., in supportof Petitioners.JAMES A. FELDMAN, ESQ., Special Assistant CorporationCounsel; on behalf of Respondents.
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C O N T E N T S
ORAL ARGUMENT OF PAGEALAN GURA, ESQ.On behalf of the Petitioners 3
PAUL D. CLEMENT, ESQ.
for Respondents National Rifle Association,Inc., et al., in support of Petitioners 17
JAMES A. FELDMAN, ESQ.
On behalf of the Respondents 28
REBUTTAL ARGUMENT OF
ALAN GURA, ESQ.
On behalf of the Petitioners 59
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P R O C E E D I N G S(10:13 a.m.)CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: We will hearargument first this morning in Case 08-1521, McDonald v.The City of Chicago.Mr. Gura.ORAL ARGUMENT OF ALAN GURAON BEHALF OF THE PETITIONERSMR. GURA: Mr. Chief Justice, and may itplease the Court:Although Chicago's ordinances cannot survivethe faithful application of due process doctrines, thereis an even simpler, more essential reason for reversingthe lower court's judgment. The Constitution's plaintext, as understood by the people that ratified it,mandates this result.In 1868, our nation made a promise to theMcDonald family that they and their descendants wouldhenceforth be American citizens, and with Americancitizenship came the guarantee enshrined in ourConstitution that no State could make or enforce any lawwhich shall abridge the privileges or immunities ofAmerican citizenship.The rights so guaranteed were not trivial.The Civil War was not fought because States were
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