“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
The U.S. District Court of Colorado ruled on Thursday, June 26th that two Colorado laws recent...READ MORE
In a lengthy and well-reasoned decision released earlier today, the U.S. District Court for the ...READ MORE
The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear a case that challenged an important gun safety law in...READ MORE
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
Case information: Shew, et al. v. Malloy, et al., No. 13-00739 (D. Conn., complaint filed May 22...READ MORE