Obama Invokes Chicago In Wake of D.C.Gun Ruling

ABC News' Teddy Davis and Alexa Ainsworth Report: While continuing to guard his own view on whether the DC gun ban runs afoul of the Second Amendment, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., makes a cryptic invocation of "what works in Chicago" in his Thursday reaction to the Supreme Court's District of Columbia v. Heller case.

"I know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne," Obama says in a statement issued by his campaign.

Alliterative purposes aside, the reference to "what works in Chicago" is a puzzling one since Thursday's ruling might very well invalidate Chicago's gun law.

The pro-gun control Brady Campaign expects pro-gun groups to use the Supreme Court's decision in the DC case to challenge the gun ban in Chicago, the major city whose gun laws come closest to those found in the nation's capital.

Although the Brady Campaign expects the Chicago ordinance to be challenged, it thinks it may survive because Chicago does not have the restrictions on long guns like the ones found in Washington, D.C.

The Chicago law may also survive in the view of the Brady Campaign because the decision in the D.C. case will likely not resolve the issue of whether the Second Amendment applies to the states and other cities that are not federal enclaves.

Asked if Obama's reference to "what works in Chicago" indicates that he thinks Chicago's present gun laws are constitutionally permissible, the Obama campaign did not have an immediate response.

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