The District of Columbia is not a state, however. The issue thus remains whether the Second Amendment will apply to the state, including subunits of states such as cities and towns. The 9th Circuit, which includes California and is generally more liberal, concluded that the 2nd Amendment did apply to states in the case Nordyke v. King. The 7th Circuit, which includes Indiana and is generally more conservative, has decided that the 2nd Amendment does not apply to the states in the case, National Rifle Association v. City of Chicago, et al.
Indiana's Attorney General Greg Zoeller has signed onto an amicus ("friend of the court") brief arguing that the 7th Circuit decision should be overturned and that states and local governments, such as Indianapolis, should have to follow the 2nd Amendment. In direct opposition to the Indiana Attorney General, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, who previously suggested to a tv reporter that the the City should consider adopting New York City-style registration of guns, is arguing in the case Scott v. City of Indianapolis, et al., that Indianapolis should not have to follow the Second Amendment. The Mayor in that case is trying to defend a gun return policy that requires someone whose gun is wrongfully seized to undergoing fingerprinting (which is checked against a national database) before the gun will be returned, even though fingerprinting was not a condition of possessing a gun in one's home. In addition, there have been reports that the City also conducts ballistics testing of wrongfully seized guns before they are returned.
Once again, Mayor Ballard demonstrates he has nothing but contempt and hostility for the most loyal Republican group out there - gunowners.
As far as the Mayor having a tin ear when it comes to politics, I ran across a notice on the internet in which a Ballard campaign worker announced he was looking for volunteers to work the Gun & Knife Show for the purpose of gathering email addresses for the Mayor. All the Ballard campaign worker would have had to do was announce to the crowd that the Mayor did not believe the 2nd Amendment applied to the City and he would have had plenty of emails from attendees at the convention.
For campaign notice, see below:
FREE PASSES TO THE GUN & KNIFE SHOW
The Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show is this weekend and we need volunteers to help out. They would be registering people to vote, signing people up to receive Mayor Ballard's emails, and possibly handing out literature. The days and times needed are Friday from 4pm-8pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm and 2pm-6pm. Only one volunteer is needed for each time slot. MCRCC will also have volunteers helping out so they will not be there by themselves.
The show is at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E 38th Street.
Contact Jason to sign up and get your passes
Greg Ballard for Mayor
47 S. Pennsylvania, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 686-3440 office
(317) 294-4862 cell