Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday he believed the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down the District of Columbia's ban on handguns will end up benefiting gun owners in Arkansas as well.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday he believed the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down the District of Columbia's ban on handguns will end up benefiting gun owners in Arkansas as well.
McDaniel had joined a brief before the court challenging the D.C. handgun ban. Thursday, justices in a 5-4 ruling said the restriction was incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment in the court's first major pronouncement on gun control in the nation's history.
"Had this case gone the other way, we would have seen a big difference in the way that gun control advocates would have pursued restrictions on gun ownership," McDaniel said Thursday morning. "I think it is a victory for the rights of law-abiding gun owners."
McDaniel said he believed the court's decision put a reasonable balance between the rights of gun owners and "reasonable" restrictions on gun ownership.
The brief filed last year was McDaniel's first high-profile entry into the gun control debate since his 2006 election as attorney general. In his race for the state's top law enforcement office, McDaniel sparred with opponents over gun rights, hunting and the purpose of the Second Amendment.
McDaniel, a former police officer, has said he owns a safe full of shotguns and rifles and at least a dozen handguns. He's said his experience as a Jonesboro police officer gives him unique insight on the gun issue.