Shreveport residents react to Supreme Court gun ruling

By Brittany Pieper – email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – In its first major ruling on gun rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Americans have the right to own hand guns for self-defense and hunting. It struck down a 32-year ban on hand guns in Washington D.C because it said the law violated the 2nd Amendment.

Across the country the ruling has met some opposition, but many celebrated it as a victory for 2nd Amendment rights.

James Higdon of Shreveport is among those who support the recent Supreme Court ruling.

"It's long overdue.  It's always been an issue they've pushed to the side or bring up later.  The decision, it's good," said Higdon.

He's the manager at Lorant's, and his bottom line depends greatly on gun sales.

Those who oppose the Supreme Court's ruling, like Shreveport Bishop Larry L. Brandon, claim the sale of guns leads to violence.

"I think we're opening Pandora's box if you're going to lift some of the bans and so forth.  Some of those bans were set in place especially in high crime areas," said Brandon.

However, Higdon disagrees.  He feels the background check process required to buy a gun from a licensed seller is enough to keep them out of the wrong hands.

"Most Criminals buy their guns on the streets." Said Higdon.

He thinks stricter enforcement of laws against those who sell guns illegally would do more to lower the crime rate

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