An Analysis of Heller and Its Progeny
Created on December 05, 2016
In 2008 the Supreme Court of the United States decided District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570. The significant case has been followed in all jurisdictions to protect an individual's right to possess a firearm for lawful purposes including self-defense. Later cases, such as McDonald v. Chicago, recognized the Second Amendment as extending to the states under the 14th Amendment.
The majority decision in McDonald also made clear that firearms restrictions include those to "prohibit… the possession of firearms by felons or mentally ill" and "laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms" were permissible.
This course, led by attorney Robert La Reddola, discusses this legal backdrop and analyze legal issues such as the scope of future legislative restrictions, the effect of concealed carry legislation, the impact of mass shootings and the limits of mental hygiene records access.
- Define the scope of Heller and its progeny
- Recognize the legal and Constitutional Issues involved in rifles and handgun legislation
Understand current federal enforcement under the National Firearms Act, The 1934 Gun Control Act, the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act, The Firearms Owner's Protection Act and The Brady Bill of 1994
- Explore the conflicts between state and federal issues issues
- Gain insight on essential concepts of privacy, 4th Amendment
Jurisprudenceand the National Instant Background Check system
- Grasp concepts of civil liability for individuals, guns dealers, law
enforcementand gun manufacturers
- Identify future trends and proposed state and federal legislation
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