Attorney John Castro recently lectured students at Hillsborough Community College on the second amendment to the United State’s Constitution. The lecture focused on the history of the amendment, it’s adoption in December 15, 1791 along with the rest of the bill of rights, and recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the subject.
In 2008 and 2010, the Supreme Court issued two Second Amendment decisions. In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. Additionally, the Court enumerated several longstanding prohibitions and restrictions on firearms possession that it found were consistent with the Second Amendment. In McDonald v. Chicago (2010), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment limits state and local governments to the same extent that it limits the federal government
The lecture was followed up by a lively and informative question and answer session. Topics ranged from questions about DUI to inquiries about life as a Tampa defense attorney. Tampa criminal attorney Mr. Castro hopes to return soon for another opportunity to interact with the students.