United States v. Miller
Sawed-off Shotguns & The Second Amendment, Preserving A Well-regulated Militia, The Brady Bill
Jack Miller, Frank Layton
That the Western Arkansas District Court had erred in dismissing indictments against the appellees for violating the National Firearms Act of 1934.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
Chief Lawyer for Appellees
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, Pierce Butler, Felix Frankfurter, Charles Evans Hughes, James Clark McReynolds (writing for the Court), Stanley Forman Reed, Owen Josephus Roberts, Harlan Fiske Stone
None (William O. Douglas did not participate)
Date of Decision
15 May 1939
In favor of the government's appeal, reversing the lower court's dismissal of charges against Miller and Layton.
By declaring that a sawed-off shotgun had no reasonable relation to the terms of the Second Amendment, the Court set an important precedent for later cases involving firearms possession.
- United States v. Smith, 341 F.Supp. 687 (1972).
Witkin, Gordon. "Gun Control's Limits." US News & World Report, 6 December 1993.
- Biskupic, Joan and Elder Witt. Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1996.
- McLenden, Regina. "Limits On the Federal Power To Regulate Firearms." Public Law Research Institute, University of California, Hastings College of Law. fall, 1994.
- "Supreme Court Bars Sawed-Off Shotgun." New York Times, 16 May 1939, p. 15.
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