Supreme Court Releases Heller — DC Gun Ban Overturned

According to the SCOTUSblog:

The Court has released the opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller (07-290), on whether the District’s firearms regulations  which bar the possession of handguns and require shotguns and rifles to be kept disassembled or under trigger lock  violate the Second Amendment. The ruling below, which struck down the provisions in question, is affirmed…Quoting the syllabus: The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditional lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

Justice Scalia authored the majority opinion, available via the SCOTUSblog here, and two dissenting opinions were filed, one authored by Justice Stevens (joined by Justices Souter, Ginsberg and Breyer) and one authored by Justice Breyer (joined by Justices Stevens, Souter and Ginsberg).

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