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  • Shocking the Second Amendment: Invalidating States’ Prohibitions on Taser with the District of Columbia v. Heller

    On June 26, 2008 the United States Supreme Court announced its first substantive ruling on the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and the right-to-bear arms in District of Columbia v. Heller. Respondent Dick Heller, legally permitted to carry a handgun for his job as a private security guard, was denied a registration certificate to keep the gun in his home under the District of Columbia’s handgun bans. The District had prohibited the registration of handguns and the carrying of unregistered handguns, amounting to an almost complete ban; it also required residents to keep registered long-guns "unloaded and dissembled or bound by a trigger lock or similar device" unless it was being used at a business or for recreation. Holding the District’s bans unconstitutional, the Supreme Court held the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms unconditioned upon militia service.