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Chicago man who sued against city handgun ban dies

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CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago man who was the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that led the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the city's handgun ban has died.

Otis McDonald's death on Friday was confirmed Sunday by his nephew and family spokesman, Fred Jones. Jones says his 80-year-old uncle died in hospice care after a long illness.

McDonald was one of four plaintiffs who challenged the city's decades-old handgun ban and who won a 5-4 decision in 2010. He argued that he was trying to protect himself and his family from the violence outside his front door in a deteriorating neighborhood on Chicago's South Side.

The soft-spoken McDonald became a hero to the pro-gun movement who pointed to his story to send the message that the city's gun ban hurt everyday people.

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