The Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, but its scope is a subject of vigorous debate. While gun ownership and gun violence have increased in the United States in recent years, gun control initiatives have gained little traction. This class will examine the history of the Second Amendment, various gun control measures enacted or proposed by the states and the federal government, and how the Supreme Court and lower federal courts have interpreted the scope of the second amendment. A major focus will be the Supreme Court’s landmark 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller and subsequent decisions by federal courts. GROUP LEADER: Jack Ross holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University. He has taught a number of courses on legal topics in the WISE program.
REQUIRED BOOK: The Second Amendment: A Biography by Michael Waldman (Simon & Shuster 2014) 978-1-4767-4745-3. Optional: Gun Fight: The Battle Over Gun Rights in America by Adam Winkler (2014) 978-0-393-07741-4
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