A rightward-leaning Supreme Court could shift the legal consensus established a decade ago by the District of Columbia v. Heller ruling and “imperil sensible gun laws that Americans need and broadly support,” a leading advocacy group warns.
In a review of litigation since the 2008 High Court ruling, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence said Heller effectively upheld the Second Amendment guarantees that “law-abiding, responsible Americans” have the right to possess guns in their homes for self-defense—even if they do not belong to armies or militias. But at the same time, the ruling made clear that the right was not unlimited.
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