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Criminal Law Keyed to Abrams
District of Columbia v. Heller
Citation:554 U.S. 570, 128 S.Ct. 2783, 171 L.Ed.2d 637 (2008)
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Heller (Defendant) was a D.C. special police officer authorized to carry a handgun while on duty. He applied for a registration certificate for a handgun that he wished to keep at home, but the District denied it. Heller filed a lawsuit in D.C. federal district court seeking to enjoin the city from enforcing the bar on the registration of handguns, citing Second Amendment grounds. He also challenged the licensing requirement insofar as it prohibited the carrying of a firearm in the home without a license. The district court dismissed his complaint. The D.C. Circuit reversed, holding that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess firearms and that the District’s total ban on handguns violated that right. The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari.
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