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Broc Bailey Dr. Frank Ruechel American Government 201 4 December 2017 District of Columbia v. Heller DC v. Heller is arguably the greatest Supreme court case of the decade. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Heller, with United States Justice Anthony Kennedy being the swing vote. The Court ruled that individual citizens did have the right to possess firearms, largely without restriction, for lawful purposes such as self-defense. On June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that the District of Columbia’s statute prohibits the possession of handguns in the home, on the ground that it violated the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. The dissent on this case, written by Justice John Paul Stevens, he denounced the court for misinterpreting the the 1939 United States v. Miller case over the National Firearms Act. “The majority’s conclusion is wrong for two independent reasons. The first reason is that set forth by Justice Stevens—namely, that the Second Amendment protects militia-related, not self-defense- related, interests. These two interests are sometimes intertwined. To assure 18th-century citizens

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