“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.



Draper v. Healey: Supporting Massachusetts’ Life-Saving Handgun Design Safety Standards

Draper v. Healey: Supporting Massachusetts' Life-Saving Handgun Design Safety Standards

Case Information: Draper v. Healey, No. 14-12471 (1st Cir. Brief Filed Jan. 29, 2016) At Iss...READ MORE

Watson v. Lynch: The Second Amendment Does Not Protect the Possession of Machine Guns

Watson v. Lynch: The Second Amendment Does Not Protect the Possession of Machine Guns

Case Information: Watson v. Lynch, No. 15-2859 (3d Cir. Brief Filed Jan. 28, 2016) At Issue:...READ MORE

Voisine v. United States: Limiting Gun Possession for Those Convicted of Domestic Abuse

Voisine v. United States: Limiting Gun Possession for Those Convicted of Domestic Abuse

Case Information: Voisine v. U.S., No. 14-10154 (U.S. Supreme Court Brief Filed Jan. 26, 2016) ...READ MORE

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Post-Heller Litigation Summary

Post-Heller Litigation Summary

Updated August 31, 2015 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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Draper v. Healey: Supporting Massachusetts’ Life-Saving Handgun Design Safety Standards

Draper v. Healey: Supporting Massachusetts' Life-Saving Handgun Design Safety Standards

Case Information: Draper v. Healey, No. 14-12471 (1st Cir. Brief Filed Jan. 29, 2016) At Iss...READ MORE

Watson v. Lynch: The Second Amendment Does Not Protect the Possession of Machine Guns

Watson v. Lynch: The Second Amendment Does Not Protect the Possession of Machine Guns

Case Information: Watson v. Lynch, No. 15-2859 (3d Cir. Brief Filed Jan. 28, 2016) At Issue:...READ MORE

Voisine v. United States: Limiting Gun Possession for Those Convicted of Domestic Abuse

Voisine v. United States: Limiting Gun Possession for Those Convicted of Domestic Abuse

Case Information: Voisine v. U.S., No. 14-10154 (U.S. Supreme Court Brief Filed Jan. 26, 2016) ...READ MORE

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