In June of 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated Washington, DC’s strict law banning handgun possession, as well as another law requiring all firearms to be stored unloaded and dissembled or bound by a trigger lock or similar device, on the ground that they violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.1 Following the decision, the District chose to amend the unconstitutional portions of its code, and also took the opportunity to expand its gun laws for public safety and health purposes. District representatives solicited the expertise of the Law Center and other gun violence prevention and public health groups to determine the best available practices to regulate guns and ammunition that are also constitutionally sound. On October 1, 2008, the Law Center testified at hearings held by the District Council on the topic of improving and expanding District gun laws. This written testimony describes several of the Law Center’s recommendations to the District Council.
- District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783 (2008). ⤴︎