“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.
Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge John Darrah handed the gun sense movement yet anot...READ MORE
District Court Strikes Down California’s 10-Day Waiting Period Requirement for Individuals Who Already Own a Firearm and Pass a Background Check
In a disappointing decision, a district court judge ruled this week that California’s 10-day w...READ MORE
Teixeira v. County of Alameda: Amicus Brief in Support of Ordinance Keeping Gun Dealers Away from Schools and Sensitive Areas
Case information: Teixeira, et al. v. County of Alameda, et al., No. 13-17132 (9th Cir., amicus ...READ MORE
Case information: Fyock, et al. v. City of Sunnyvale, et al., No. 13-05807 (9th Cir. amicus brie...READ MORE
Amicus Brief in Support of New York’s Ban on Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines
Case information: New York State Rifle and Pistol Ass’n, et al. v. Cuomo, et al., No. 13-291...READ MORE