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Does the Second Amendment apply to the states?

Image from the Government Printing Office’s website. Last Friday, Maryland’s intermediate appellate court treated the Supreme Court’s Heller opinion as doing nothing to change the Maryland Court of Special Appeals’ 2005 ruling that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states. Williams v. Maryland, ___ Md....

D.C. Circuit gives meaning to Second Amendment

Image from the Government Printing Office’s website. After posting three days ago that the D.C. Circuit struck down the District of Columbia’s handgun ban, I had a chance to read the opinion more fully. The D.C. Circuit has hit the Second Amendment head-on, ruling squarely that individuals...

Giving Fourth Amendment protection to balconies

  Bill of Rights. (From the public domain.) Generally, overnight guests and others with closer ties to a home have Fourth Amendment rights against warrantless searches of balconies on the second floor or higher. Moreover, where the occupants of said balconies have no reason to expect...