Third Circuit Court of Appeals Certifies Question to Delaware Supreme Court
Doe v. Wilmington Housing Authority, No. 12-3433 (3rd. Cir., July 18, 2013)
In essence: This recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is somewhat off topic for this blog, but the issue it addresses should be of universal interest because it deals with the natural right of self defense that each person is born with, and the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to be embodied in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On the state level, Article I, Section 20 of the Delaware State Constitution is the analog to the Second Amendment but it expressly provides for broader rights to bear arms than does the Second Amendment. This decision of the Third Circuit certifies a question of law to the Delaware Supreme Court on the scope of the Delaware State Constitution’s broader rights as applied to residents of a housing authority.
The author of this post represents the plaintiff residents of a public housing authority in this matter who are backed by the National Rifle Association, the oldest civil rights organization in the United States.