District of Columbia v. Heller

June 26, 2008

The Supreme Court released its decision in the Heller case this morning.  In an opinion written by Justice Scalia, the Court affirmed the lower court's ruling striking down the ban on handgun possession and the requirement that shotguns and rifles be disassembled. 

The Court recognizes an individual right to possess firearms and to use arms for lawful purposes including self defense in the home.   

Read the Court's opinion.

Read the statement of the plaintiff's counsel on the decision.

To learn more about the case, see DC. v. Heller.