24 Attorneys General join amicus brief to protect Second Amendment rights

A federal issue taking root in states across the country is Second Amendment rights.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley joined an amicus brief, filed in the United States Supreme Court by 24 Attorneys General seeking to protect Second Amendment rights.

The brief was filed in the case of Arie S.Fiedman and the Illinois State Rifle Association versus the City of Highland Park. The case is in opposition to a municipal ban of weapons typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes. The ban includes many commonly used firearms and the standard capacity magazines for many popular firearms.

Jackley says he has a strong interest in the protection of our law-abiding citizen's right to keep and bear arms. “The Second Amendment gives law-abiding citizens the fundamental right to bear arms for hunting and in the defense of themselves and their families.”

The brief argues that the Second Amendment protects an “individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation” as recognized in the District of Columbia v. Heller.