Last Tuesday Nov 20th the Supreme Court decided to take up the 07-290 District of Columbia, ET AL. V. Heller, Dick A. gun rights case. Be sure to support your favorite gun rights organizations so that they can file an Amici Curiae Brief in support of the right of the people to keep & bear arms. You can find links to some of my favorite gun rights organizations on the right side of this web page under the title of "Gun Rights Sites"
07-290 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, ET AL. V. HELLER, DICK A.
The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted limited to
the following question: Whether the following provisions, D.C.
Code §§ 7-2502.02(a)(4), 22-4504(a), and 7-2507.02, violate the
Second Amendment rights of individuals who are not affiliated
with any state-regulated militia, but who wish to keep handguns
and other firearms for private use in their homes?
I know that both the NRA & the SAF have already announced plans to participate via briefs in this most important gun rights case, I'm sure there are other gun rights groups who plan to participate as well. The below was an e-mail alert I received from the SAF:
Don't Let Anti-Gun Extremists Steal Our Victory
It is an important day for American gun owners! The Supreme Court of the United States has just agreed to hear the most important Gun Rights case in American history! In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Court will decide whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right.
We have anti-gun extremists like the Brady gun grabbers on the run, but they are far from defeated. In fact, just minutes after the Supreme Court agreed to decide a case that could begin to dismantle the gun ban laws the Brady extremists support, they have asked anti-gunners for $50,000.00 to try and stop us from winning this important battle. I know you won’t let them win!
The Second Amendment Foundation is on the front lines of the effort to defend and restore your firearms rights, and we need your help to stop the anti-freedom extremists now!
This case is a cornerstone of our work to dismantle extremist gun laws across the nation. While winning this case won’t restore all the rights the extremists have seized from us, it provides a rock-solid foundation for us to build on. And we need you to help us build this foundation, by contributing now to our “friend of the court” brief!
As I write this, the anti-freedom extremists are raising tens of thousands of dollars to us at the Supreme Court …maybe even more! We need your financial support today to ensure we have the resources to beat back anti-gunners who will stop at nothing to take away our right and ability to defend ourselves and our families.
Please give your most generous contribution today. Help me defend your individual right to bear arms in this important Supreme Court case, today!
Alan M. Gottlieb
Founder, Second Amendment Foundation
P.S. Remember, the anti-gunners are raising tens of thousands of dollars to steal this victory from us--we need your support now to help stop them dead in their tracks!
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Below is an NRA-ILA alert:
U.S. Supreme Court to Hear First Second Amendment Case Since 1939
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Fairfax, Va. - The United States Supreme Court today announced its decision to take up District of Columbia v. Heller-a case in which plaintiffs challenge the unconstitutional gun ban in the nation’s capital. The District of Columbia appealed a lower court’s ruling earlier this year affirming that the Second Amendment of the Constitution protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, and that the District’s bans on handguns, carrying firearms within the home, and possession of loaded or operable firearms for self-defense violate that right.
The NRA will participate in this case through briefs as a friend of the court. Oral arguments are likely to take place in early 2008.
In March, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that “[T]he phrase ‘the right of the people,’ when read intratextually and in light of Supreme Court precedent, leads us to conclude that the right in question is individual.” The D.C. Circuit also rejected the claim that the Second Amendment does not apply to the District of Columbia because D.C. is not a state.
The decision marks the first time a Second Amendment challenge to a firearm law has reached the Supreme Court since 1939.
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services.
Copyright 2007, National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action.
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