This brief examines trends in Second Amendment litigation since the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision in 2008. Although the Heller Court held that the Second Amendment protects a responsible, law-abiding citizen's right to possess an operable handgun in the home for self-defense, the vast majority of courts that have heard Second Amendment challenges since that case have rejected them, upholding a wide variety of gun laws as constitutional.
As the publication describes, smart gun laws aren't just constitutional. They're also critical to preventing gun violence in our communities.
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Title: The Second Amendment Battleground: Victories in the Courts and Why They Matter
Publication date 2012-07-18
Publication Year 2012
Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
North America / United States
, gun laws
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