D.C. VS. HELLER Andrew Strickland Justin Jenkins Mrs. Washington’s class 2nd period February 5, 2013
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA VS. HELLER
AMENDMENT 2• Protects an individual’s rights to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a malitia, and to use that firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self defense within the home.
FACTS No. 07-290. argued March 18, 2008. decided June 26, 2008. D.C. law bans handgun possession by making it a crime tocarry an unregistered firearm and prohibiting the registration of handguns.
FACTS Respondent Heller, a D.C. special policeman, applied toregister a handgun he wished to keep at home, but the district refused.
FACTS He filed this suit seeking, on second amendment grounds, toenjoin the city from enforcing the bar on handgun registration, the license requirement as it prohibits carrying an unlicensed firearm in the home.
FACTSThe trigger lock requirement insofar as it prohibits the use of functional firearms in the home.
FACTSThe police chief was able to issue one year licenses for hanguns.
FACTS The district court dismissed the suit, but the D.C. circuit reversed, holding that the second amendment protects an individuals right to posses firearms, and that the city’s total ban on handguns, as well as its requirement that firearms inthe home be kept non functional even when necessary for self defense, violated that right.