NRA Amicus Brief

NRA Amicus Brief - No 07-290 I N T HE Supreme Court of the...

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Unformatted text preview: No. 07-290 I N T HE Supreme Court of the United States D ISTRICT OF C OLUMBIA AND A DRIAN M. F ENTY , M AYOR OF THE D ISTRICT OF C OLUMBIA , Petitioners, v. D ICK A NTHONY H ELLER , Respondent. On Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit BRIEF FOR THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION AND THE NRA CIVIL RIGHTS DEFENSE FUND AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENT S TEPHEN D. P OSS Counsel of Record K EVIN P. M ARTIN C HRISTINA E. N OLAN S COTT B. N ARDI N ICHOLAS W. P ILCHAK M ICHAEL P. S UGRUE G OODWIN P ROCTER LLP Exchange Place Boston, MA 02109 (617) 570-1000 Counsel for the Amici February 7, 2008 TABLE OF CONTENTS Page INTEREST OF THE AMICI ........................................1 SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT.............................3 ARGUMENT ................................................................4 I. The Second Amendment Guarantees an Individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms...................................................................4 II. Laws Infringing Second Amendment Rights Should Be Subject to Strict Scrutiny and Facial Invalidation Where Overly Broad....................................................16 III. The District¡s Handgun Ban and Licensing and Trigger-Lock Provisions Are Unconstitutional Infringements of Second Amendment Rights.............................25 CONCLUSION..........................................................34 ii. TABLE OF AUTHORITIES Page C ASES : Beard v. United States , 158 U.S. 550 (1895)........31 Burson v. Freeman , 504 U.S. 191 (1992)..............17 City of Cleburne v. Cleburne Living Center , Inc ., 473 U.S. 432 (1985) .................................22 Elk Grove United School Dist. v. Newdow , 542 U.S. 1 (2004) .............................................14 Federal Election Comm¡n v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc ., 127 S. Ct. 2652 (200 7).. .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... .... 17, 20, 22, 27 Fiscal v. San Francisco , 158 Cal. App. 4th 895 (2008).........................................................28 Goodling v. Wilson , 405 U.S. 518 (1972)........23, 24 Matthews v. State , 237 Ind. 677 (1958)................31 Morgan v. District of Columbia , 468 A.2d 1306 (D.C. 1983) ........................................33, 34 Moseby v. Devine , 851 A.2d 1031 (R.I. 2004) .......31 O¡Donoghue v. United States , 289 U.S. 516 (1933)..........................................................15, 16 Patsone v. Pennsylvania , 232 U.S. 138 (1914)................................................................31 Perpich v . Dep¡t of Defense , 496 U.S. 334 (1990)................................................................12 Presser v. Illinois , 116 U.S. 252 (1886) ..........14, 15 Riss v. City of New York , 22 N.Y.2d 579 (1968)................................................................34 iii....
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