WASHINGTON, DC -- “Today’s decision by the Supreme Court to hear McDonald v. City of Chicago is about more than guns: it is about whether the Court will restore the precise constitutional text that requires states to honor the fundamental rights of all Americans. At issue is not only whether the Second Amendment right to bear arms is incorporated against state action through the Fourteenth Amendment, but how.
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“The Supreme Court backed one step away from a very steep cliff today when it avoided a constitutional challenge to a central part of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). However, the Court remained close to the edge, wrongly opining that the VRA raises ‘serious constitutional questions,’ setting up a future challenge to the Act. In fact, as Constitutional Accountability Center lays out in a brief in NAMUDNO and in our new report, The Shield of National Protection, the text and history of the Civil War Amendments give Congress broad power to secure liberty, equality and the ri