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The Supreme Court is handing down eagerly awaited rulings on gun rights and three other remaining cases in its last meeting until the fall and the final day of Justice John Paul Stevens' long service.
The court is meeting Monday morning just a couple of hours before high court nominee Elena Kagan goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her confirmation hearing.
The justices could decide that the Second Amendment's right to "keep and bear arms" serves as a check on local and state
Expect Mayor Richard Daley and his band of lawyers to fight this one tooth and nail.
The Privileges or Immunities Clause of the FourteenthAmendment declares that “[n]o State . . . shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” In interpreting this language, it is important to recall that constitutional provisions are “‘written to be understood bythe voters.’” Heller, 554 U. S., at ___ (slip op., at 3) (quot-ing United States v. Sprague, 282 U. S. 716, 731 (1931)).Thus, the objective of this inquiry is to discern what “ordi-nary citizens” at the time of ratification would have un-derstood the Privileges or Immunities Clause to mean. 554 U. S., at ___ (slip op., at 3).