Washing D.C. had some serious issues with gun injuries in the home, and so those motherfuckers sought to cut down on the number of guns in D.C. One problem—2nd amendment, y’all!
So what did they do? What every corrupt rights-infringing congressperson does, they crafted a law that violated the principles of 2A, without violating the letter of it, or so they thought.
They said a gun in the house should be unloaded and disassembled, or have a trigger lock on it. And even to have one, you had to register it and get a license, which D.C. often denied.
Heller was a local cop, and they even denied his application? Like how the hell is a cop not given a license? Who exactly gets one if not a cop?
So Heller was like, “Enough of this shit, we’re going to SCOTUS to sort this out right meow!”
D.C. tried to argue the “militia” clause made 2A a right for localities to form militias, and 2A was not an individual right to own a gun. Which is what any serial rights violator would argue, if they were trying to rape your rights.
But Heller was all like, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed means exactly what the fuck it means.”
In a landmark decision, SCOTUS ruled 5-4 in favor of Heller. They told D.C., “Listen mother fuckers, you can take your oppressive bullshit and shove it squarely up your ass.”
The late and great Justice Antonin Scalia even took the extra step of delivering his opinion verbally because he wasn’t playing!
I’ve written about the 2nd amendment more seriously here.
Read about the case and hear both the oral arguments and Scalia’s passionate oral opinion here.