"Unlike Senator Obama, who refused to join me in signing a bipartisan amicus brief, I was pleased to express my support and call for the ruling issued today," McCain said in a statement released by the campaign. "Today's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller makes clear that other municipalities like Chicago that have banned handguns have infringed on the constitutional rights of Americans. Unlike the elitist view that believes Americans cling to guns out of bitterness, today's ruling recognizes that gun ownership is a fundamental right -- sacred, just as the right to free speech and assembly."
McCain signed an amicus brief calling for the court to strike down the ban. Obama did not, saying he wanted to wait for the court's decision before speaking publicly about it.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) also pounced on Obama, circulating a video of the Illinois Democrat expressing support for gun-control measures.