Friday, June 27, 2008

District of Columbia vs. Heller

This is out of the scope of my photography business, but it is so important I wanted to include it in my daily postings.

If you haven't heard, the Supreme Court decided yesterday, 6/26/2008, that the Washington D.C. ban on handgun possession was unconstitutional!!!

What is even more profound is that the Court decided that the Second Amendment is an individual right, rather than a collective right.

Below is a link to the 150+ page decision, but I have included a few clauses from the headnote to the published decision.

PDF link to Washington D.C. vs Heller --

Term opinions of the Supreme Court --

1. The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

2. The handgun ban and the trigger-lock requirement violate the Second Amendment. The District's total ban on handgun possession in the home, amounts to a prohibition on an entire class of "arms" that Americans overwhelmingly choose for the lawful purpose of self-defense.

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