556.01 Second Amendment: History, Theory, and Practice

The Supreme Court's decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago have ushered in a whole new era of Second Amendment theory, litigation, and politics. Current events keep issues of firearms, gun violence, gun safety, and self-defense constantly in the news. This seminar will explore the Second Amendment and the various state constitutional analogs historically, theoretically, and pragmatically. Students will be introduced to the historical and public policy materials surrounding the Second Amendment, the regulatory environment concerning firearms, and the political and legal issues pertaining to firearm rights-enforcement and policy design. Evaluation for the seminar will be based on eight short reaction papers and in-class participation.

Spring 2019

Course NumberCourse CreditsEvaluation MethodInstructorMeeting Day/TimesRoom
556.01Joseph Blocher
8:55-10:45 AM
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.556.01.Sp19
Email list: LAW.556.01.Sp19@sakai.duke.edu
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