Gun ban overturned: East Texans react

By Layron Livingston - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - In a tight, 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court effectively struck down a nearly 30-year hand-gun ban in the city of Chicago.

The ruling comes two years after the court rejected a gun ban in Washington, D.C., but that decision was strictly a federal law issue.

State Rep. Leo Berman said today's decision sent a clear message. "The Supreme Court supports people owning guns under the Second Amendment," said Berman.

The court ruled the Second Amendment keeps governments from setting significant limits on an individual's right to bear arms.

"If guns are banned, only the bad guys are going to have guns because they're not obeying the law anyway," said Berman.

"It seemed to be a no-brainer before it went to [the highest court in the land]," said Mack Woods, owner of The Shootist gun shop in Tyler, "It's still a no-brainer, as far as what they meant."

Woods said everyone who wants to legally buy a gun in the state, or anywhere else still has to go through a criminal background check.

In Texas, the rules are fairly loose.  Gun owners do not need a permit and are not required to register their guns.  Individuals who carry concealed weapons are, however, required to have a license.

It is also legal to carry a gun in your car in the state of Texas.

But when it comes to schools, churches, hospitals and government meeting places, guns are still prohibited.

The Supreme Court ruled "reasonable" gun control limits are okay, but some said that will only lead to more law suits and litigation to determine what is, in fact, "reasonable."

In the mean time, veteran David Stroud said as long as he can shoot one, he'll own one. "As long as you're responsible, you should be able to own a gun," he said.

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