Discrict of Columbia VS Dick Heller

An Influential case on Gun Rights

Background on Dick Heller

Dick Heller was a police officer who wished to register a handgun. He was a resident of the District of Columbia, which has laws against registering handguns. Heller took his case to the local court under terms of the second amendment.


The District Court dismissed Heller’s complaints

But the Court of Appeals allowed Heller to take this matter to the Supreme Court.

At the Supreme Court...

The district court was reversed. The outcome of the Supreme Court case was that the law (in DC) was repealed, as it was deemed unconstitutional. People in the District of Columbia were allowed to own handguns in the home for use only in self defense.

Significance of this case

This case deals with the second amendment since it is all about the ownership of handguns.