District of Columbia vs. Heller Court Case

District of Columbia vs. Heller Court Case
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  • Case File Name
  • Facts Of The Case
  • Question Before The Court
  • Do the provisions of the District of Columbia Code that restrict the licensing of handguns and require licensed firearms kept in the home to be kept nonfunctional violate the Second Amendment?
  • District of Columbia vs. Heller
  • Constitutional Application 
  • I have the right to carry firearms and you guys are taking it away
  • - Heller was a police officer who was told to carry a handgun while on duty. He applied for a one-year license for a handgun he wished to keep at home, but his application was denied, so Heller sued the District of Columbia. 
  • Arguments For The Petitioner
  • Do the provisions of the District of Columbia Code that restrict the licensing of handguns and require licensed firearms kept in the home to be kept nonfunctional violate the Second Amendment?
  • Arguments For The Respondent
  • I applied for a one-year license for a handgun and it was denied.
  • The amendment that is based on this issue is the 2nd Amendment. The 2nd amendment says that you have the right to have firearms. 
  • You are generally not allowed to carry handguns. 
  •    The District of Columbia generally is not allowed carrying of handguns. It is a crime to carry a unregistered firearm, and the registration of handguns is prohibited. No one may carry a handgun without a license, but the chief of police may supply licenses for 1-year periods. District of Columbia law also requires residents to keep their firearms “unloaded and dissembled or bound by a trigger lock or similar device” unless they are located in a place of business or are being used for lawful activities.
  •  Heller was a police officer who was allowed to carry a handgun while on duty. He applied for a one-year license for a handgun he wished to keep at home, but his application was denied. Heller sued the District of Columbia. He argued that the Code violated his Second Amendment right to keep a functional firearm in his home without a license. 
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