McDonald v. City of Chicago

Argued March 2, 2010
Decided June 28, 2010

  • 561 U.S. 742
  • Applied the 2nd Amendment to the states through the 14th Amendment
  • decision of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • found that the right of an individual to “keep and bear arms” is protected under the Second Amendment
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14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1868, granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States—including former slaves—and guaranteed all citizens “equal protection of the laws.”

All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. – Section 1

14th Amendment 1868

District of Columbia vs. Heller

  • Argued March 18, 2008
    Decided June 26, 2008
  • 554 U.S. 570
  •  landmark case from the Supreme Court of the United States
  • held that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia
  • Supreme Court affirmed by a vote of 5 to 4
  • Heller had approached the National Rifle Association about a lawsuit to overturn the D.C. gun ban, but they declined

National Instant Criminal Background Check System

 launched by the FBI on November 30, 1998

United States system for determining if prospective firearms or explosives buyers’ name and birth year match those of a person who is not eligible to buy through an FFL

Background checks are not required under federal law
for intrastate firearm transfers between private parties

Lautenberg Amendment

The Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban,

  • September 30, 1996
  • 1996 Enacted by the 104th United States Congress
  • bans access to firearms by people convicted of crimes of domestic violence
  • called “the Lautenberg Amendment”
  • sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D – NJ).
  • Gun Ban for Individuals Convicted of a Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence”
  • Pub.L. 104–208, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9))
  • Amendment to the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997

Dickey Amendment

1996 – Stopped the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from promoting gun control

Dr. Miguel Faria

“I have yet to see a published report that has been funded by the NCIPC in which the benefits of firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens have been published even though they are there … if you don’t conclude that guns are bad and that they need to be eradicated because they are a ‘public health menace,’ they are not published.”

DR. MIGUEL FARIA – 1996 TESTIFIED BEFORE THE U.S. HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE FOR LABOR, HEALTH, AND HUMAN SERVICES


Dr. Timothy Wheeler Helped de-fund the CDC Gun Control Spending

  • 2012, President Barack Obama directed the CDC to “conduct or sponsor research into the causes of gun violence and the ways to prevent it.”
  • 2015 funded a research project and conducting their own study