Access our Homework Help video on the McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court case and use the following lesson to help your students understand the material!
Does the Second Amendment prevent a city from effectively outlawing handgun ownership? In 2008, Otis McDonald attempted to purchase a handgun for self-defense purposes in a Chicago suburb. However, the city of Chicago had banned handgun ownership in 1982 when it passed a law that prevented issuing handgun registrations. McDonald argued this law violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s Privileges and Immunities Clause as well as the Due Process Clause. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that McDonald’s Second Amendment right to bear arms was protected at the state and local level by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
- Why did McDonald seek to purchase a handgun?
- What legislative decision was made in 1982 in Chicago that impacted handgun access?
- What rights did Alan Gura (McDonald’s lawyer) argue Chicago violated?
- What is incorporation?
- What was the argument the lawyer who represented Chicago made?
- Do you agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling? Why?
- Did the Court settle the issue of whether the Second Amendment is incorporated to apply to states and localities?