What are the goals of the lawsuit?
The primary goal, of course, is to eliminate Washington, D.C.’s ban on the ownership of functional firearms within the home. No state in the country imposes an outright ban on gun ownership the way Washington, D.C. does. Yet citizens of the District have as much right to keep and bear arms as other citizens. Another goal of the case is to secure a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that the Second Amendment means what it says, namely, that the “right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Of course, that right – like every other constitutional right including free speech and religious liberty – is subject to reasonable regulation by the government. But a total ban certainly is not a “reasonable regulation,” which is why the challenged gun laws cannot stand. Bob Levy summarized the arguments for and against the “individual rights” position in this article for Legal Times.