Gottlieb attributes the rapid turnaround in part to the brazen overconfidence of gun controllers. If Washington, D.C., had not challenged the March 2007 appeals court decision overturning its highly restrictive gun ban, the Supreme Court would not have had the opportunity to declare inÂ Heller that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to arms. If Chicago had not insisted on maintaining its gun ban after theÂ Heller decision, there would have been noÂ McDonald, and the question of whether the Second Amendment binds states and cities would have remained unsettled. â€œWe needed a little luck, and the other side gave us that luck,â€ says Gottlieb. â€œOur opponents are our biggest supporters.â€
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