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District of Columbia v. Heller, Cato Legal Briefs

District of Columbia v. Heller, Cato Legal Briefs

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 No. 07-290IN THE
Supreme Court of the United States
D
ISTRICT OF
C
OLUMBIA 
ET AL 
.,
Petitioners,
v.D
ICK 
 A 
NTHONY 
H
ELLER
,
Respondent.
On Writ of Certiorarito the United States Court of Appealsfor the District of Columbia Circuit
BRIEF OF THE CATO INSTITUTE ANDHISTORY PROFESSOR JOYCE LEE MALCOLMAS
AMICI CURIAE
IN SUPPORT OFRESPONDENT[The Right Inherited from England]
C.
 
EVIN
M
 ARSHALL
 
(Counsel of Record) 
J
ONES
D
 AY 
 51 Louisiana Avenue, N.W.Washington, DC 20001-2113Telephone: (202) 879-3939Facsimile: (202) 626-1700
Counsel for Amici Curiae 
 
i
QUESTION PRESENTED
Whether the following provisions — D.C. Code§§ 7-2502.02(a)(4), 22-4504(a), and 7-2507.02 — violate the Second Amendment rights of individualswho are not affiliated with any state-regulatedmilitia, but who wish to keep handguns and otherfirearms for private use in their homes?
 
ii
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Page
QUESTION PRESENTED.........................................iTABLE OF AUTHORITIES.....................................ivSTATEMENT OF INTEREST..................................1SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT...................................2 ARGUMENT..............................................................4I. THE ENGLISH RIGHT TO HAVE AND USE ARMS BELONGED TO INDIVIDUALSBROADLY, REGARDLESS OF MILITIA SERVICE, AND PARTICULARLY PROTECTED THEIR “KEEPING” OF GUNSFOR SELF-DEFENSE.........................................4 A. The English Right was, by Well Beforethe Founding, a Broadly Applicable Rightof Individuals, not Depending on MilitiaService.............................................................4B. The Core of the English Right, Settled byat Least the 1730s, was the Right of Ordinary Subjects to “Keep” Firearms forDefense of Their Homes and Families.........12C. Rather than Interfering with theFreedom of Individuals to Keep Firearmsfor Self-Defense, English Law in the1700s Protected the Peace by DirectlyPunishing Belligerent Uses of Those Arms..............................................................15

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