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. 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