D.C. v. Heller: Second Amendment


The Second Amendment to the Constitution states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The Supreme Court has examined a number of cases involving the right to keep and bear arms. But D.C. v. Heller was the first Court decision to scrutinize carefully the text of the Second Amendment, as well as its history and purpose.


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Stephen J. Markman is a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and a distinguished visiting lecturer of politics at Hillsdale College. Justice Markman received his B.A. from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.