U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Second Amendment

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- In a 5 to 4 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States says Americans have the right to own guns for hunting and self defense.  This is the first time the high court has taken a broad look at the Second Amendment.  This ruling comes from a 32 year ban on handguns in Washington D.C. and rules that law unconstitutional.  The high court had not conclusively interpreted the Second Amendment since its ratification in 1791.

Gun owner Danny Self said he has been waiting for this ruling to come down and fully supports the decision.

"I like them.  I like to shoot them, I like to target practice, and I like to defend myself," said Self.

Like many in Region 8, Self has grown up with guns and said having a gun makes him feel safer.

"My neighborhood has gotten to where I need to protect myself," said Self.

There are always going to be people who will use a gun or other type of weapon to do harm, but that doesn't include every person who owns a gun.

"Responsible gun ownership is what you have to have. Criminals are always going to have guns and they're not responsible people," said Blackiron Cartridge Company and Shooting Range Co-Owner Aaron Coleman.

"A criminal can always get a gun.  A criminal, no matter what law you make, is going to get a gun a lot cheaper than I can get one," said Self.

There are millions of gun owners in the United States, but obviously not everyone supports gun rights. Because of this ruling, not everyone is going to be happy.

"It will make a lot of folks angry, but make a lot of folks happy," said Self.

Region 8 News didn't find anyone who didn't agree with the Supreme Courts decision, even though there are many groups who don't support the right of citizens to own and bear arms.

For gun owners, this decision is one they feel is their god given right.

"To be able to protect myself, my family, my home, and my business is a right that I believe is mine and without it I could be overrun at any time by lawless people," said Coleman.

In fact this ruling is one that many say they have been watching and waiting for.

"I've had several customers who've looked in here and would have really liked to have bought a gun but they're holding back until this ruling came out because they were afraid of what would happen if they bought these guns and the ruling went the other way," said Coleman.

This ruling will have no impact on the background checks that everyone has to go through before owning a gun.  This decision will probably cause legal challenges to be opened up in other cities that have handgun restrictions.