Does the Second Amendment to the United States (US) Constitution allow American citizens to keep handguns at home? This is the question now before the US Supreme Court, at it decided at the end of last year to rule on the issue. The US Supreme Court will hear arguments on the issue shortly and render its decision by summer 2008. Its decision could affect thousands and thousands who want to own handguns. More importantly, however, it could result in the contesting of several State and Federal restrictions and regulations pertaining to firearms ,across the US.
The issue arose after Washington DC residents challenged a law which had prohibited handguns in Washington DC for 31 years. The law was struck down and an appeal was made to the US Supreme court.
In particular, the Second Amendment states that, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Opponents of the Washington DC law argue that it infringes on this Second Amendment right to bear arms. Meanwhile, proponents of the law claim that most violent crimes involve the use of a handguns and thus, handguns should continue to be outlawed.
It will be interesting to see how the US Supreme Court rules on this issue. Wallin and Klarich will continue to monitor it very closely over the next few months. Call Wallin and Klarich today to see how this or any other criminal charge matter could potentially impact you, your loved ones, or your friends! Wallin & Klarich has been in the business of helping people with their criminal matters in their time of need for over 30 years and we would like to help you with yours!