“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.



Ninth Circuit Upholds San Francisco’s Safe Storage & Ammunition Laws

Ninth Circuit Upholds San Francisco's Safe Storage & Ammunition Laws

Today a three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the City of S...READ MORE

United States Supreme Court Refuses to Block Sunnyvale, California’s Measure C Magazine Capacity Limit

United States Supreme Court Refuses to Block Sunnyvale, California's Measure C Magazine Capacity Limit

Last year, the voters of Sunnyvale, California decided to do something about gun violence in the...READ MORE

Law Center and Attorney General Harris Defend California Law in Pivotal Ninth Circuit Concealed Weapon Case

Law Center and Attorney General Harris Defend California Law in Pivotal Ninth Circuit Concealed Weapon Case

A radical Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision earlier this month put one of California’s k...READ MORE

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Post-Heller Litigation Summary

Post-Heller Litigation Summary

Updated February 7, 2014 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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Law Center and Attorney General Harris Defend California Law in Pivotal Ninth Circuit Concealed Weapon Case

Law Center and Attorney General Harris Defend California Law in Pivotal Ninth Circuit Concealed Weapon Case

A radical Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision earlier this month put one of California’s k...READ MORE

United States v. Castleman Amicus Brief

United States v. Castleman Amicus Brief

Case Information: United States v. Castleman, No. 12-1371 (U.S. Supreme Court Filed Nov. 22, 2013) ...READ MORE

Amicus Brief in Challenge to Connecticut’s Assault Weapons Ban

Amicus Brief in Challenge to Connecticut's Assault Weapons Ban

Case information: Shew, et al. v. Malloy, et al., No. 13-00739 (D. Conn., complaint filed May 22...READ MORE

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