OF COLUMBIA ET AL. v. HELLER
Argued March 18, 2008—Decided June 26,
2008 (US Supreme Court)
Opinion of the Court In sum, we hold that
the District’s ban
on handgun possession in the home
violates the Second Amendment,
as does its prohibition against rendering
any lawful firearm in the home
operable for the purpose of immediate
self-defense. Assuming that Heller
is not disqualified from the exercise of
Second Amendment rights,
the District must permit him to
register his handgun and
must issue him a license to carry it
in the home.
(The text of the
decision, including the dissent,
is available for download here in PDF
from the VOA (Voice of America News site)-Edited for the sake
US Supreme Court Says Washington DC Gun Ban Unconstitutional
- By VOA News
26 June 2008
The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down Washington D.C.'s
ban on handguns,
- saying individuals have the right to own guns.
In a 5-to-4 landmark decision Thursday, the high court struck down the
- saying it violates the second amendment of the U.S.
The court also struck down the city's requirement that legally-owned
- be equipped with trigger locks or kept disassembled
in the home,
- saying that makes it impossible for citizens to use
arms for the lawful purpose of self-defense.
The court noted that long-standing gun restrictions remain in place -
- such as prohibitions on felons and the mentally ill
from possessing guns
- and restrictions on carrying firearms in schools and
The second amendment says that because "a well regulated militia, being
- to the security of a free state, the right of the
people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
- The court ruled today that this does not limit gun
ownership to service in a militia.
The decision could have a wide impact on restrictions on gun ownership
in the United States.
The White House says U.S. President George Bush strongly agrees with the
- and is pleased that the court concluded that
Washington D.C.'s firearm laws
- violate the individual right of Americans to keep and
Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty said he wished the court had ruled to
uphold the ban,
- but added that the city will respect the decision.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain hailed the
- saying it recognizes that gun ownership is a
fundamental right that is "sacred,
- just as the right to free speech and assembly."