DC v. Heller — let the games begin!

| March 18, 2008

Maybe people will hold up cigarette lighters during moving parts of oral argument.
comment posted at the Volokh Conspiracy

Legal geeks everywhere are salivating over the fact that the US Supreme Court is doing what is in effect a major review of the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution (“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”). The excitement is underscored by the fact that people started waiting in line 40 hours before the doors were scheduled to open this morning in order to be present — and here are the photographs to prove it, while here is a summary of the case itself.

The core issue is whether the 2nd Amendment provides an individual right vs. a collective (militia) right to “bear arms”. Having lived in Washington DC for six years, I think this is a very important issue. DC has some of the strictest gun controls in the entire nation and yet has persistently had one of the highest homicide rates in the entire nation. I don’t own a gun — probably never will — and I’m certainly not a member of the NRA. But I definitely think that the District of Columbia is on the losing side in this matter. They already lost in the DC Court of Appeals(!), which is why this is before the Supreme Court now.

Should be interesting. ..bruce w..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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