District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008)
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those that were not in existence at the time of thefounding.U.S.C.A. Const.Amends. 1,2,4.
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DefinitionsAs used in the Second Amendment, “keeparms” means to “have weapons.”U.S.C.A.Const.Amend. 2.16 Cases that cite this headnote
DefinitionsThe natural meaning of “bear arms,” as used in theSecond Amendment, means wear, bear, or carryupon the person or in the clothing or in a pocket,for the purpose of being armed and ready foroffensive or defensive action in a case of conflictwith another person.U.S.C.A. Const.Amend. 2.4 Cases that cite this headnote
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History in generalIt is always perilous to derive the meaning of anadopted provision from another provision deletedin the drafting process.2 Cases that cite this headnote
Right as individual or collective; militiarequirementThe Second Amendment guarantees theindividual right to possess and carry weapons incase of confrontation.U.S.C.A. Const.Amend. 2.108 Cases that cite this headnote
Right to bear arms in generalThe Second Amendment, like the First andFourth Amendments, codified a pre-existingright.U.S.C.A. Const.Amends. 1,2,4.
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Right as individual or collective; militiarequirementThe Second Amendment conferred an individualright to keep and bear arms.U.S.C.A.Const.Amend. 2.269 Cases that cite this headnote
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Absolute nature of right
Right to bear arms in generalThe individual right to keep and bear armsconferred by the Second Amendment was notunlimited; thus, the Second Amendment does notprotect the right of citizens to carry arms for anysort of confrontation, just as the First Amendmentdoes not protect the right of citizens to speak forany purpose.U.S.C.A. Const.Amends. 1,2.
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Definitions“Well-regulated,” as used in the SecondAmendment, implies nothing more than theimposition of proper discipline and training.U.S.C.A. Const.Amend. 2.2 Cases that cite this headnote
Definitions“Security of a free state,” as used in the SecondAmendment, meant “security of a free polity,” notsecurity of each of the several States.U.S.C.A.Const.Amend. 2.
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