Monday, June 28, 2010
U.S. Supreme Court Incorporates 2nd Amendment, Rebukes Ballard Administration's Position on Second Amendment
Having been on the front-line of the debate over Indianapolis' gun policies, I can testify first hand the incredible hostility the Mayor Greg Ballard has toward the Second Amendment and gun owners. In court, his attorneys have taken the position that the City of Indianapolis does not have to follow the Second Amendment, a position directly opposite fellow Republican Attorney General Greg Zoeller. Ballard has supported one of the most restrictive gun return policies in the Midwest, with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department insisting that lawful gun owners undergo fingerprinting and ballistics testing of their guns before they are returned, even when the seizure was a mistake. Ballard has also supported a ban on guns in City parks even though licensed gun owners can carry guns into state and federal parks, the latter law signed by President Obama. Ballard even went so far as to support New York City-style gun registration and supported a Public Safety Chief who has supported strengthening restrictions on private possession of guns.
Today, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt the Ballard administration's gun policies a blow. In McDonald v. City of Chicago the Court "incorporated" the Second Amendment as one of the Bill of Rights that states and local governments have to follow.
The rumor is that national gun rights groups may, post-McDonald, target Indianapolis' gun return policy and ban on guns in city park as being in violation of the Second Amendment. In light of McDonald, Mayor Ballard should lead the charge on revising these two likely unconstitutional policies. We'll, see if that, having his position rebuked by the United States Supreme Court, Greg Ballard will finally start living up to his claim that he supports the Second Amendment. I won't hold my breath.