“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” – The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Does the Second Amendment prevent effective gun regulations? What is the “right to bear arms”? Second Amendment litigation has become a critical battleground since the U.S. Supreme Court held, in District of Columbia v. Heller, that the Amendment guarantees an individual right to possess a firearm in the home for self-defense. This decision created a radical shift in the meaning of the Second Amendment, but it doesn’t prevent smart gun regulations. In fact, since Heller, courts nationwide have found a wide variety of firearms laws constitutional because they can help prevent gun deaths, injuries, and crimes in communities across the country.

The Law Center not only tracks the extensive Second Amendment litigation currently happening nationwide, but also analyzes the trends, to bring you the latest developments in the courts.



Bauer v. Harris: Defending $19 Fee Imposed on Firearm Sales in California

Bauer v. Harris: Defending $19 Fee Imposed on Firearm Sales in California

Case Information: Bauer v. Harris, No. 15-15428 (9th Cir. Brief Filed Oct. 22, 2015) At Issu...READ MORE

Pena v. Lindley: Amicus Brief Defending California’s Unsafe Handgun Act

Pena v. Lindley: Amicus Brief Defending California's Unsafe Handgun Act

Case Information: Pena v. Lindley,  No. 15-15449 (9th Cir. Brief Filed Sept. 28, 2015) At I...READ MORE

Wrenn v. District of Columbia: Joining with the Brady Center to Defend the District’s Concealed Carry Permitting System

Wrenn v. District of Columbia: Joining with the Brady Center to Defend the District's Concealed Carry Permitting System

Case Information: Wrenn v. District of Columbia, No. 15-7057 (D.C. Cir. Brief Filed Sept. 3, 201...READ MORE

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Post-Heller Litigation Summary

Post-Heller Litigation Summary

Updated August 31, 2015 The Law Center's Post-Heller Litigation Summary surveys the landscap...READ MORE

Understanding McDonald v. City of Chicago

Understanding McDonald v. City of Chicago

On June 28, 2010, the United States Supreme Court announced its latest Second Amendment decision...READ MORE

Understanding District of Columbia v. Heller

Understanding District of Columbia v. Heller

What was at issue in District of Columbia v. Heller? In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. ...READ MORE

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Bauer v. Harris: Defending $19 Fee Imposed on Firearm Sales in California

Bauer v. Harris: Defending $19 Fee Imposed on Firearm Sales in California

Case Information: Bauer v. Harris, No. 15-15428 (9th Cir. Brief Filed Oct. 22, 2015) At Issu...READ MORE

Pena v. Lindley: Amicus Brief Defending California’s Unsafe Handgun Act

Pena v. Lindley: Amicus Brief Defending California's Unsafe Handgun Act

Case Information: Pena v. Lindley,  No. 15-15449 (9th Cir. Brief Filed Sept. 28, 2015) At I...READ MORE

Wrenn v. District of Columbia: Joining with the Brady Center to Defend the District’s Concealed Carry Permitting System

Wrenn v. District of Columbia: Joining with the Brady Center to Defend the District's Concealed Carry Permitting System

Case Information: Wrenn v. District of Columbia, No. 15-7057 (D.C. Cir. Brief Filed Sept. 3, 201...READ MORE

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