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2A Affirmed!

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by J. Ashley, Jun 26, 2008.

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  1. J. Ashley

    J. Ashley TS Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    About frigging time!
  2. J. Ashley

    J. Ashley TS Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    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.
    * * *
    We are aware of the problem of handgun violence in this
    country, and we take seriously the concerns raised by the
    many amici who believe that prohibition of handgun
    ownership is a solution. The Constitution leaves the
    District of Columbia a variety of tools for combating that
    problem, including some measures regulating handguns,
    see supra, at 54–55, and n. 26. But the enshrinement of
    constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy
    choices off the table. These include the absolute prohibition
    of handguns held and used for self-defense in the
    home. Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment
    is outmoded in a society where our standing army is
    the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces
    provide personal security, and where gun violence is a
    serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what is
    not debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to
    pronounce the Second Amendment extinct.
    We affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeals.
    It is so ordered.
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