“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.



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

Big Second Amendment Victory:  District Court Upholds D.C. Firearms Registration Law

Big Second Amendment Victory: District Court Upholds D.C. Firearms Registration Law

In a lengthy and well-reasoned decision released earlier today, the U.S. District Court for the ...READ MORE

Supreme Court Leaves in Place New Jersey Law Limiting Guns in Public Places

Supreme Court Leaves in Place New Jersey Law Limiting Guns in Public Places

The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear a case that challenged an important gun safety law in...READ MORE

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Post-Heller Litigation Summary

Post-Heller Litigation Summary

Updated April 24, 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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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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