District 34 State Rep. Abel Herrero joined a large bipartisan group of state legislators and other elected officials from all 50 states in signing an amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," brief supporting the National Rifle Association's position that the Second Amendment applies to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment.

The amicus brief, bearing the signatures of 891 state legislators and other elected officials, including two governors and three lieutenant governors, was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 24 in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago.

"As a fellow gun owner, I fully support the constitutionally protected right for Americans to responsibly bear arms," Herrero said. "I proudly stand with law-abiding Americans to protect their right of gun ownership."

Last week, the NRA filed its brief with the Supreme Court as Respondent in Support of Petitioner in the McDonald case.

The NRA brief asks the Court to hold that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments through the Fourteenth Amendment.

"We are pleased that such a large group of state legislators and other officials agree that our Second Amendment freedoms should apply to all Americans, not only those who reside in federal enclaves. Gun owners across the country should be proud of the stand that their lawmakers are taking on this crucial effort to restore and protect the gun rights of law-abiding Americans everywhere," said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist.

In September, the Court agreed to consider the McDonald case, on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. As a party in McDonald, the NRA is actively involved in this case and believes the NRA brief makes a clear and strong case in favor of incorporation of the Second Amendment.

Chicago has had a handgun ban and other restrictive gun laws in place for 27 years. The

Supreme Court is expected to hear the McDonald case in February 2010.