Since the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (striking down the District’s decades-old ban on handgun possession and storage requirement), a flood of litigants have attempted to expand the limited right to self-defense in the home provided by the Heller Court.  After the District of Columbia repealed the laws struck down in Heller, the District, with help from the Law Center, enacted a set of firearms laws that are among the strongest in the nation.  The lead Heller plaintiff immediately challenged the laws.
The Circuit Court upheld important firearms and ammunition safety laws.  In October 2011, the D.C. Circuit Court held that D.C.’s assault weapon ban, large capacity ammunition magazine ban, and handgun registration requirement are consistent with the Second Amendment, District of Columbia v. Heller2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 20130. For more information about the nationwide trend rejecting expansion of the basic right to a handgun in the home for self-defense, see the Law Center’s latest Post-Heller Litigation Summary.