U.S. Supreme Court rules the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to keep and bear arms
In District of Columbia v. Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a historic 5-4 decision, declared for the first time that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to keep and bear firearms for self-defense. Jones Day Dallas filed an amicus brief in this case on behalf of 40 state associations with a collective membership of approximately 1 million people, urging recognition of the individual's right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. The brief stressed the role of the states and private citizens in promoting responsible, private firearm ownership as part of the original constitutional design.
District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S.Ct. 2783 (2008)