District of Columbia vs. Heller


Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm


  • 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

Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act 

Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968

  • enacted June 19, 1968
  • Pub.L. 90–351, 82 Stat. 197
  • codified at 34 U.S.C. § 10101
  • legislation passed by the Congress of the United States
  • signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson
  • prohibited interstate trade in handguns
  • Increased the minimum age to 21 for buying handguns
  • established the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA)
  • set rules for obtaining wiretap orders in the United States