District of Columbia et al. v. Heller

44 Analyses of this case by attorneys

  1. Statute prohibiting switchblades doesn’t apply to possession by a person at home

    Wisconsin State Public DefenderNovember 25, 2015

    State v. Cory S. Herrmann, 2015 WI App 97; case activity (including briefs)In light of the Second Amendment decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), and McDonald v. City of Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010), Wisconsin’s prohibition on the possession of a switchblade knife, § 941.24(1), is unconstitutional as applied to a person who possesses a switchblade in his or her own home.Herrmann injured himself with his switchblade in his home, so a friend called 911.

  2. Possession of Tasers, Constitutionality of Ban

    Tieber Law OfficeF. Martin TieberOctober 30, 2012

    Both parties argued that the 2nd Amendment allowed them to carry these “weapons” and their rights were violated by charges under MCL 750.224a. The court, looking to DC v Heller, 554 US 570; 128 S Ct 2783; 171 Led2d 637(2008), declared that tasers are protected arms because they do not fit into any of the Heller exceptions. Because tasers are protected arms, it would be unconstitutional to ban them from private citizens’ homes.

  3. Dissent From Disappointing Decision by SCOTUS to Not Hear an Important 2A Case

    The Law Offices of Grinberg & Segal, PLLCAlexander J. SegalOctober 26, 2017

    2010) [PDF version], and the three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit had correctly considered whether California's licensing scheme as a whole violated the Second Amendment in its effective prohibition of carrying a weapon for self-defense by responsible and law-abiding citizens.Justice Thomas then took the position that “[h]ad the en banc Ninth Circuit answered the question actually at issue in this case, it likely would have been compelled to reach the opposite result.” To this effect, Justice Thomas cited to the Supreme Court's landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 580 (2008)[1] [PDF version], wherein the Court held that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to possess arms for lawful purposes, with one example being self-defense within the home. Justice Thomas — a member of the five-justice majority in Heller - stated that Heller suggested that the Second Amendment “protects the right to carry firearms in public in some fashion.”

  4. 5 Cir: Right to bear arms doesn’t apply to undocumented; 1st, 4th Amend protections might not apply either

    University of Denver Sturm College of LawJuly 14, 2011

    Portillo-Muñoz, No. 11-10086, slip op. at 3-4. The Supreme Court’s leading Second Amendment decision, District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S.Ct. 2783 (2008), the majority noted, “does provide some guidance as to the meaning of the term ‘the people’ as it is used in the Second Amendment.” Portillo-Muñoz, No. 11-10086, slip op. at 4.

  5. “As applied” challenge to guns statute fails, despite State’s tacit concession

    Wisconsin State Public DefenderMarch 18, 2020

    A party making an “as applied” challenge, must show that his constitutional rights were actually violated.Christen claimed his rights were violated per District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, (2008), which protects a person’s right to keep handguns for use and protection in one’s own home.The court of appeals noted that the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms is tied to “a virtuous citizenry and the government may disarm “unvirtuous citizens.”

  6. Ban on firearm silencers is constitutional

    Wisconsin State Public DefenderFebruary 17, 2020

    State v. Thomas Michael Barrett, 2018AP2324-CR, District 1, 2/4/20 (recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs)The court of appeals rejects Barrett’s facial and void-for-vagueness challenges to Wisconsin’s prohibition on firearm silencers, § 941.298.Barrett’s facial challenge argues the statute violates the Second Amendment, and relies on District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008).¶19Heller stated that the definition of “arms” protected by the Second Amendment is the same today as it was in the eighteenth century; that is, “[w]eapons of offence, or armour of defen[se]” or “any thing that a man wears for his defen[se], or takes into his hands, or use[s] in wrath to cast at or strike another.”

  7. SCOW to address lifetime ban on firearms for felons and guilty plea waiver rule

    Wisconsin State Public DefenderJanuary 15, 2020

    Unfortunately, §941.29(2) bans him from having a gun for life and includes no mechanism for petitioning for return of his 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms.Not too long ago SCOTUS struck down laws banning the possession of handguns in the home. Heller v. District of Columbia, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) and McDonald v. City of Chicago, 130 S. Ct. 3020 (2010). SCOW has not examined the constitutionality of §941.29(2) since it decided those cases.

  8. Illinois Supreme Court Finds Statute Regulating Stun Guns and Tasers Unconstitutional - A Portion of the State's Unlawful Use of Weapons Statute Violates Second Amendment

    Holland & Knight LLPMarch 29, 2019

    First, the government conceded that stun guns and tasers are "bearable arms" within the scope of protections afforded by the Second Amendment. The Court noted that any argument to the contrary would have been futile because, under the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Second Amendment extends to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the adoption of the Second Amendment in the 18th century. Thus, Section (a)(4) did burden conduct protected by the Second Amendment.

  9. Law Review Article Advocates Supreme Court's Patent Eligibility Law is Unconstitutional

    McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLPKevin E. NoonanFebruary 22, 2019

    The authors argue that this evinces a determination by Congress that discoveries are patent-eligible, and that the judiciary must respect this determination by the legislature. Indeed, the article cites various authority from the Court itself that its only proper role is to interpret the laws as Congress has written them, citing Lockhart v. U.S., 136 S. Ct. 958, 962 (2016); D.C. v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 598 (2008); Hartford Underwriters Ins. Co. v. Union Planters Bank, N.A., 530 U.S. 1, 6 (2000); Connecticut Nat'l Bank v. Germain, 503 U.S. 249, 253-254 (1992); and Caminetti v. United States, 242 U.S. 470, 485 (1917). In this context, the "implicit" or "judicial" exceptions enunciated by the Court is, in the authors' view, improper.

  10. In Narrow Decision, Court Holds Dishonorably Discharged Veterans May be Denied Gun (and Bullet) Ownership

    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLPHarry SandickJuly 18, 2018

    In United States v. Jimenez, the Second Circuit (Pooler, Raggi, Droney) rejected an as-applied Second Amendment challenge to a provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968 that makes it illegal for a person who has been dishonorably discharged from the military to possess guns or ammunition, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(6). In the decision, which marks the first time a federal court of appeals has grappled with the statute’s constitutionality post-District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Court was careful to note that it was not considering a facial challenge and limited its discussion to persons, as here, who have been dishonorably discharged for “felony-like” military offenses.Background The defendant, Jose Jimenez, was arrested in 2015 for unlawfully possessing a bullet after being dishonorably discharged from the armed services. Jimenez had agreed to drive another man, Oscar Sanchez, to a fast food restaurant parking lot for $40.