District of Columbia v. Heller
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We are here today to discuss a very important case: District of Columbia v. Heller.
First, a little background. District of Columbia v. Heller was a landmark case concerning the second amendment. The second amendment protects our right to bear arms to be used in self-defense.
However, the District of Columbia made it illegal to carry an unregistered firearm and prohibited people from owning guns. Heller, a special police officer, filed a request to own a handgun but the district denied his request.
Heller decided this was a violation of the second amendment, and took the case to the Supreme Court, which is why we are here today.
However, there are some exceptions. People who are mentally ill or have committed a crime are not allowed to have a gun under any circumstances.
3 months later... The Supreme Court decided from a vote of 5 to 4 that Heller won. This decision really gave the second amendment the power it has today, because people were finally allowed to keep guns in every state. (Justice Scalia J. gave the opinion of the court.)
We are in favor of the Supreme Court. District of Columbia's law to make guns illegal was unconstitutional and violated the second amendment. However, allowing the public to keep a gun may also result in more deaths from guns. So, it is important that there are restrictions regarding guns. For example, someone should not be allowed to carry an unconcealed gun in a public area (like a school).
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