On June 26, 2008, the United States Supreme Court held in District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783, 2821-22 (2008), 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."
The District's ban on semiautomatic handguns amounts to a prohibition of an entire class of arms that is overwhelmingly chosen by American society for the lawful purpose of self-defense in the home. Semiautomatic pistols are issued to and commonly possessed by officers of the Metropolitan Police Department for self-defense and other lawful purposes.
Dane von Breichenruchardt of the US Bill of Rights Foundation will be available for questions tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28th, at 9 A.M. at the lower steps of the US Supreme Court Building. Dane can be reached at the US Bill of Rights Foundation at 202-546-7079.
Plaintiffs are Dick Anthony Heller, Absalom F. Jordan, Jr., and Amy McVey.
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Attorneys for Plaintiffs are
Stephen P. Halbrook (D.C. Bar No. 379799) and Richard E. Gardiner (D.C. Bar No. 386915)
10560 Main St., Suite 404
Fairfax, VA 22030