Class v. U.S. (Argument October 4, 2017)

Rodney Class pled guilty to a law making it illegal to carry a firearm on United States Capitol grounds. He represented himself. Now, on appeal, with a lawyer, he wants to challenge the law on Second Amendment grounds.

Can you plead guilty and then challenge the law's constitutionality on appeal?

Here is our graphic explainer of the case the Court will be hearing on October 4, 2017.

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Procedural history:

This case is on appeal from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. See our page on federal court hierarchy.