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For Release: February 11, 2008 Contact: J. Tucker Martin or David Clementson

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Amicus Brief Filed in District of Columbia v. Heller Second Amendment Case

Media Update: The Amicus Brief that Virginia has joined in support of the individual right to bear arms position in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller has now been filed with The Supreme Court of the United States. It can be viewed by using the link below:[size=][/size]

District of Columbia v. Heller arises from a challenge to the District of Columbia’s prohibition of personal ownership of handguns, and additional restrictions on personal ownership of shotguns and rifles. The case will provide the most significant review of the original intent and interpretation of the Second Amendment in almost 70 years.

At issue is a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which ruled that the gun policies of WashingtonD.C. violated the Second Amendment. The court found that the right to bear arms is an individual right guaranteed by the framers.

[size=Virginia][/size] is one of 31 states that have joined this amicus brief in support of the court’s finding of an individual right to bear arms.


J. Tucker Martin

Director of Communications

Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell