“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.



Teixeira v. County of Alameda:  Amicus Brief in Support of Ordinance Keeping Gun Dealers Away from Schools and Sensitive Areas

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

Victory in the Courts:  Maryland’s Ban on Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines Upheld

Victory in the Courts: Maryland’s Ban on Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines Upheld

In a victory for gun safety, a U.S. District Court on Tuesday, August 12 upheld all aspects of M...READ MORE

Court Upholds Colorado Laws Banning Large Capacity Magazines and Requiring Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

Court Upholds Colorado Laws Banning Large Capacity Magazines and Requiring Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The U.S. District Court of Colorado ruled on Thursday, June 26th that two Colorado laws recent...READ MORE

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Post-Heller Litigation Summary

Post-Heller Litigation Summary

Updated August 4, 2014 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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Teixeira v. County of Alameda:  Amicus Brief in Support of Ordinance Keeping Gun Dealers Away from Schools and Sensitive Areas

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

Amicus Brief in Support of Sunnyvale, California’s Ban on Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines

Amicus Brief in Support of Sunnyvale, California’s Ban on Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines

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

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

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