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.
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.”