The Court ruled that the Chicago regulations were unconstitutional, and thatthe rights previously found in the case were individual rightsthat also applied to state and local governments. Justice Samuel Alito, writingfor the majority, was matter-of-fact in his conclusion: "In , weheld that the Second Amendment protects the right to possess a handgun in thehome for the purpose of self-defense. Unless considerations of stare decisiscounsel otherwise, a provision of the Bill of Rights that protects a right thatis fundamental from an American perspective applies equally to the FederalGovernment and the States. We therefore hold that the Due Process Clause of theFourteenth Amendment incorporates the Second Amendment right recognized in."


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