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Dist. of Columbia v. Heller, 07-290

The District of Columbia's prohibition on the possession of usable handguns in the home violates the Second Amendment to the Constitution, as does its prohibition against rendering any lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense. The Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

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  • Decided 06/26/2008
  • Published 06/26/2008

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