On This Date in Legal History

When a special police officer, Dick Heller, tried to register a handgun in Washington, D.C., his application was denied. A law banned handguns in the home. (A lawful gun in a home had to be disassembled or locked.) Heller sued and his case was appealed up to the Supreme Court. The Court heard oral arguments in the Heller case on March 18, 2008. On June 26, 2008, the Court (in a 5:4 decision) held that the law violated the Second Amendment.


President Reagan nominated ANTONIN SCALIA for Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and he took his seat September 26, 1986.

Justice Scalia wrote, “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 the Second Amendment rights, the District must permit him to register his handgun and must issue him a license to carry it in the home.”

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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