“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.



Protecting Strong Gun Laws: The Supreme Court Leaves Lower Court Victories Untouched

Protecting Strong Gun Laws: The Supreme Court Leaves Lower Court Victories Untouched

In the last seven years, the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected more than sixty cases seeking to e...READ MORE

Mance v. Lynch: Amicus Brief Defending Federal In-State FFL Requirement for Handgun Sales

Mance v. Lynch: Amicus Brief Defending Federal In-State FFL Requirement for Handgun Sales

Case Information: Mance v. Lynch, No. 15-10311 (5th Cir. Brief Filed July 20, 2015) At Issue...READ MORE

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners v. Hickenlooper: Amicus Brief Defending Colorado Law Prohibiting Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners v. Hickenlooper: Amicus Brief Defending Colorado Law Prohibiting Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines

Case Information: Rocky Mountain Gun Owners v. Hickenlooper, No. 2014-CA-002178, (Colo. Ct. App...READ MORE

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Post-Heller Litigation Summary

Post-Heller Litigation Summary

Updated April 1, 2015 The Law Center's Post-Heller Litigation Summary surveys the landscape ...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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Mance v. Lynch: Amicus Brief Defending Federal In-State FFL Requirement for Handgun Sales

Mance v. Lynch: Amicus Brief Defending Federal In-State FFL Requirement for Handgun Sales

Case Information: Mance v. Lynch, No. 15-10311 (5th Cir. Brief Filed July 20, 2015) At Issue...READ MORE

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners v. Hickenlooper: Amicus Brief Defending Colorado Law Prohibiting Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners v. Hickenlooper: Amicus Brief Defending Colorado Law Prohibiting Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines

Case Information: Rocky Mountain Gun Owners v. Hickenlooper, No. 2014-CA-002178, (Colo. Ct. App...READ MORE

Colorado Outfitters v. Hickenlooper: Amicus Brief Defending Colorado Laws Requiring Universal Background Checks and Prohibiting Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines

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