Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Packing Heat: The Individual Right of the Second Amendment

Yesterday, ACS joined FedSoc in presenting Packing Heat: The Individual Right of the Second Amendment, featuring Alan Gura and Carl Bogus. Mr. Gura represented Heller before the United States Supreme Court in D.C. v. Heller and Mr. Bogus is a Professor of Law at Roger Williams Unitersity School of Law.

For those who which to learn more about the argument presented by Mr. Bogus, it is more fuly described in The Hidden History of the Second Amendment, 31 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 309 (1998). Believing that the Second Amendment would be alive and well, and protect important state interests, under a collective rights interpretation, he explains what issues the Second Amendment would speak to today in What Does the Second Amendment Restrict? A Collective Rights Analysis, 18 Const. Comment. 485 (2001). Because the Heller majority opted for the individual rights interpretation, perhaps the most timely question is what the decision means for public safety. Mr. Bogus has also written on what kinds of gun control are most effectice - Gun Control and America's Cities: Public Policy and Politics, 1 Alb. Gov. L. Rev. 440 (2008). The Columbia ACS Blog thanks Mr. Bogus for these suggestions for further consideration (and his descriptions thereof). .

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