Tuesday, 18 March 2008

The Right to Bear Arms

Readers following the historic case of District of Columbia v Heller on the meaning of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution and the 'right to bear arms' will be aware that oral argumentation is just finishing up in the US Supreme Court. SCOTUSblog live blogs here. Lyle Denniston provides a good first analysis here. And the oral argument ought soon to be available online here.

The key question under consideration is:
Whether provisions of the D.C. Code generally barring the registration of handguns, prohibiting carrying a pistol without a license, and requiring all lawful firearms to be kept unloaded and either disassembled or trigger locked violate the Second Amendment rights of individuals who are not affiliated with any state-regulated militia, but who wish to keep handguns and other firearms for private use in their homes?

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