Since Miller was dead, there was no follow up when the case was sent back to the lower court. That was our “landmark” case, very much mischaractorized by the gun grabbers, until Heller. Gray area remains.
Part II recounts the history of the case. It shows Jack Miller was a career criminal and government informant. It finds Miller was a Second Amendment test case ar- ranged by the government and designed to support the constitu- tionality of federal gun control. And Part III analyzes Miller in light of this history. This essay concludes that Miller is coherent, but largely ir- relevant to the contemporary debate over the meaning of the Sec- ond Amendment. Miller was a Second Amendment test case, teed up with a nominal defendant by a district judge sympathetic to New Deal gun control measures. But the Supreme Court issued a surprisingly narrow decision. Essentially, it held that the Second Amendment permits Congress to tax firearms used by criminals. While dicta suggest the Second Amendment guarantees an individ- ual right to possess and use a weapon suitable for militia service, dicta are not precedent.7 In other words, Miller did not adopt a the- ory of the Second Amendment guarantee, because it did not need one.
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