July 17, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago made clear that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear firearms in the home for self-defense, but left unanswered whether it protects other conduct. Writing for the majority in Heller, Scalia emphasized that Heller marked the ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Neil Devlin
Washington DC had a set of gun laws that made owning a handgun illegal without a special one-year permit. An additional lock-and-trigger requirement prohibited keeping loaded "fire-ready" guns in DC homes. A policeman, Dick Heller, applied for a permit to possess a handgun in his Washington home. ...[read more]
June 26, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On June 26, 2008, the US Supreme Court ruled that a ban on handgun ownership in the District of Columbia violated the Second Amendment. In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court addressed the Second Amendment directly for the first time since the 1930s. Since this ruling, the Supreme ...[read more]
January 29, 2013
by Michael Muha
JURIST Guest Columnist Dan Peterson analyzes important decisions regarding the Second Amendment right to carry a handgun outside the home, and notes that there are more to come...The US Supreme Court's decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago established that ...[read more]
December 12, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday invalidated a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois, ultimately deciding that the law is unconstitutional. Relying on the US Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, Judge Richard Posner opined that the Second ...[read more]
July 26, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On July 26, 2008, Chicago, Illinois implemented a voluntary gun buy-back program which collected more than 6,800 weapons by offering $100 for each firearm returned and amnesty for weapons banned under current laws. The city sought to address gun violence in the city following the US Supreme Court ...[read more]
June 28, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On June 28, 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled in McDonald v. Chicago that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment makes the Second Amendment right to bear arms applicable to the states as well as the federal government. The case arose over a Chicago ordinance which effectively banned the ...[read more]
June 2, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On June 2, 2009, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld a ban on handguns in two Illinois municipalities. The court affirmed the district court ruling finding that incorporation of the Second Amendment to apply against the states is a question for the Supreme Court rather than a ...[read more]
March 26, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On March 26, 2010, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that firearms regulations in Washington, DC, including a ban on assault weapons and a prohibition on large capacity ammunition feeding devices, do not violate the Second Amendment. The ruling also upheld ...[read more]
September 4, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On September 4, 2007, Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty and DC Attorney General Linda Singer appealed the ruling of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit invalidating DC's handgun ban to the US Supreme Court. The court had found that the city's 30-year-old ban on private ...[read more]

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