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Bell Ringer: Justice Breyer on the D.C. v. Heller Ruling

Justice Breyer on his Dissenting Opinion in D.C. v. Heller

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discussed his dissenting opinion in the the 2008 Supreme Court Case District of Columbia v. Heller. The case dealt with 2nd amendment protections and the right to bear arms. He spoke about the historical background of the 2nd amendment and how that historical context impacted the decision.

Description

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discussed the majority and dissenting opinions in the the 2008 Supreme Court Case District of Columbia v. Heller. The case dealt with second amendment protections and the right to bear arms. He spoke about the historical background of the second amendment and how that historical context impacted the decision.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What was the ruling in D.C. v. Heller?
  • Explain Justice John Paul Stevens' dissent? What historical arguments does he make?
  • What were the issues in the D.C. v Heller case?
  • What arguments did the majority make?
  • What did Justice Breyer add to Steven's dissent? Why did he add this to the dissent?

Additional Resource

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Constitutional Convention
    • Dissenting Opinion
    • Majority Opinion
    • Militia
    • Second Amendment
    • Supreme Court

    Topics

    Gun Rights & Firearm LegislationSupreme Court Cases

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity