Edgar Belaval

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Edgar Franklin S. Belaval (1910–1989) was an Attorney General of Puerto Rico and co-founder of the law firm Francis & Belaval. He presented several cases before the United States District Court of Appeals First Circuit, including a Second Amendment to the United States Constitution gun case in 1942. The 1942 case was the first lower court attempt to redefine Supreme Court decisions on the Second Amendment.[1]

Belaval graduated from the University of Virginia,[2] where he was a member of the lacrosse team in 1930 and 1931.[3]

Belaval's father, Joseph S. Belaval,[4] was president of the Puerto Rico Board of Health and a controversial advocate for sterilization and birth control.

Selected cases[edit]


  1. ^ Johnson, Theodore (October 2002). The Second Amendment Controversy – Explained. IUniverse. ISBN 0-595-24188-3. 
  2. ^ "The Register of Students". The University of Virginia record. March 15, 1932. p. 456. 
  3. ^ "University of Virginia Lacrosse Media Guide" (PDF). University of Virginia. 2008. p. 64. Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  4. ^ http://www.ellisisland.org/shipping/FormatTripPass.asp?sship=Coamo&BN=P50390-6&lineshipid=2045&shipid=