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Constitutional Law Keyed to Choper
District of Columbia v. Heller
Citation:554 U.S. 570, 128 S.Ct. 2783, 171 L.Ed.2d 637 (2008).
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Provisions of the District of Columbia Code (the Code) made it illegal to carry an unregistered firearm and prohibited the registration of handguns. However, the chief of police could issue one-year licenses for handguns. The Code also contained that required owners of lawfully registered firearms to keep them unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock or other similar device unless the firearms were located in a place of business or being used for legal recreational activities. Heller was a D.C. special police officer who was authorized to carry a handgun while on duty. He applied for a one-year license for a handgun he wished to keep at home, but his application was denied. Heller sued the District of Columbia. He sought an injunction against the enforcement of the relevant parts of the Code and argued that they violated his Second Amendment right to keep a functional firearm in his home without a license.
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