District of Columbia v. Heller

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District of Columbia v. Heller
Court U.S. Supreme Court
Citation 554 U.S. 570 (2008)
Date decided June 26, 2008
Overturned Silveira v. Lockyer
Case Opinions
majority written by Antonin Scalia
joined by John G. Roberts, Jr., Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
dissent written by John Paul Stevens
joined by David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer
dissent written by Stephen G. Breyer
joined by John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Facts

District of Columbia enforced a handgun ban and requirement that lawfully owned rifles and shotguns be kept "unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock."

Issues

Is the District of Columbia's firearms restrictions a violation of the Second Amendment?

Holding

Yes.

Rule

The Second Amendment protects an individual's right to keep and bear arms, unconnected with service in a militia, for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home

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