Gun Rights & Regulation

President Trump has strongly aligned himself with advocates of gun rights—most prominently, by supporting concealed carry reciprocity legislation and revoking key Obama-era regulations.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

An Ohio court suggested that a ban on firearms in a restraining order may violate the Second Amendment.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of October 16

10/21/17  //  Daily Update

Sen. Feinstein argues Congress must act to close the loophole for bump stocks, used in the Las Vegas shooting, in the Firearms Owners Protection Act.

Updates | The Week of October 2, 2017

10/8/17  //  Daily Update

Calls for stricter gun regulations followed the devastating mass shooting in Las Vegas, while the White House said it was too soon to discuss such measures.

Constitutional Arithmetic Post-Charlottesville: Sometimes One Plus One Equals Zero

8/20/17  //  Commentary

No, the First and Second Amendments do not add up to a right to publicly protest while carrying assault rifles.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Updates | The Week of July 31, 2017

8/6/17  //  Daily Update

The D.C. Circuit struck down D.C.'s 'good reason' conceal and carry law.

Slavery and the Right to Travel Armed: A Short History Lesson

7/31/17  //  Commentary

By Saul Cornell: The opinion striking down D.C.'s gun law under the Second Amendment relies heavily on a selective culling of historical evidence—and a shocking ignorance of the most important facts about Anglo-American criminal law and its history.

Take Care

The D.C. Circuit Breaks New Second Amendment Ground

7/27/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

A recent D.C. Circuit decision created—for the moment, at least—an arguable circuit split on a very important issue.

Joseph Blocher

Duke Law School

Updates | The Week of April 17, 2017

4/23/17  //  Daily Update

As part of their Information Wars Series, Leah Litman and Helen Klein Murillo argue that the Administration is pursuing a dangerous "don't investigate-so-you-can-deny" policy with gun violence research.

Information Wars Part IV: Doing Violence To Sensible Policy on Guns

4/19/17  //  Commentary

The Trump administration’s efforts to disguise the facts by not deigning to look for them—and discouraging others from doing so—resemble the United States’ policy on research related to gun violence and gun possession.

Leah Litman

U.C. Irvine School of Law

Helen Klein Murillo

Harvard Law School '17

The Attack on American Cities

4/7/17  //  Commentary

Trump's anti-urban rhetoric has fanned the flames of a war by state governments against progressive cities. We see this in battles over sanctuary cities, LGBT rights, gun regulation, employee rights. The time has come for a campaign on behalf of city power.

Richard C. Schragger

UVA School of Law

Updates | The Week of March 20, 2017

3/26/17  //  Daily Update

This week, commentators debated the constitutional basis for a federal concealed carry reciprocity mandate.

Constitutional Hurdles for Concealed Carry Reciprocity

3/16/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

President Trump favors federal legislation requiring states to recognize concealed carry licenses issued by other states. But that policy rests on shaky constitutional foundations.

Joseph Blocher

Duke Law School