Parker v. District of Columbia

March 1, 2004 • Legal Briefs

The plaintiffs, one of whom is Cato senior fellow Tom Palmer, having been refused permits for handguns, filed this complaint, alleging that the District of Columbia violated their Second Amendment rights. The Second Amendment, at a minimum, guarantees a fundamental right to possess a personal firearm within the home. Under current law, plaintiffs would be subject to criminal prosecution if they acquired personal firearms for self‐​protection.

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