Cordray Joins in Defending Second Amendment Rights in United States Supreme Court Case
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Based on his longstanding support for Second Amendment rights, Attorney General Richard Cordray announced today that his office has co-sponsored an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court, arguing that these rights should be protected from undue restrictions imposed by state and local governments.
The Supreme Court is examining this issue in the case of McDonald v. Chicago, based upon the court's landmark ruling last year in District of Columbia v. Heller. That ruling recognized that, with respect to the federal government, the Second Amendment affords individuals the right to keep and bear arms.
"We are proud to defend the Second Amendment rights of Ohioans in this important Supreme Court case. We are joining with other state attorneys general in arguing that the court should hold that the people's constitutional right to keep and bear arms is fundamental and cannot be denied by state and local governments," Cordray said.
Attorney General Cordray co-sponsored the amicus brief along with the attorneys general of Texas, Georgia and Arkansas, while 33 other states also signed the brief. Cordray had previously joined the effort in asking the court to take this case and decide whether the right of the people to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment is incorporated into the Fourteenth Amendment so as to apply to the states.
To view the amicus brief in full, visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/McDonaldAmicusBrief