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  • Case File
  • Case Facts
  • I have a right to own handguns!
  • We made a law prohibiting the owning of handguns
  • Question before the court
  • ?
  • District of Columbia v. Heller (2008)
  • Arguments for the petitioner
  • I have the right to handguns, so why are they taking it away from me?
  • Policeman, Richard Heller claimed that a Washington D.c law prohibiting residents from owning handguns violated his second amendment rights.
  • Arguments for the respondent
  • We do not grant the possession of a handgun to residents
  • Can cities ban handguns to residents?
  • Decision
  • Richard Heller says he has the second amendment right to own a handgun or his own protection.
  • DC passes a law that makes possession of handguns unlawful by making it illegal to carry an unregistered firearm.
  •  The Supreme Court ruled that the second amendment applied to residential handguns used for protection. Local governments had no power to ban handguns, but they can set limitation.
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