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Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy, Third Edition

  • Nicholas J. Johnson
  • David B. Kopel
  • George A. Mocsary
  • E. Gregory Wallace
  • Donald E. Kilmer
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The right to keep and bear arms evokes great controversy. To some, it is a bulwark against tyranny and criminal violence; to others, it is an anachronism and serious danger.Firearms Law and the Second Amendment is the leading casebook and scholarly treatise on arms law. It provides a comprehensive domestic and international treatment of the history of arms law. In-depth coverage of modern federal and state laws and litigation prepare students to be practice-ready for firearms cases. The book covers legal history from ninth-century England through the United States in 2021. It examines arms laws and culture in broad social context, ranging from racial issues to technological advances. Seven online chapters cover arms laws in global historical context, from Confucian times to the present. The online chapters also discuss arms law and policy relating to race, gender, sexual orientation, and other statuses and how firearms and ammunition work.

New to the Third Edition:

  • Important cases and new regulatory issues since the 2017 second edition, including public carry, limits on in-home possession, bans on types of arms, non-firearm arms (like knives or sprays), Red Flag laws, and restoration of firearms rights
  • Expanded social science and criminological data about firearms ownership and crimes
  • Deeper coverage of state arms control laws and constitutional provisions
  • Extended analysis of how Native American firearm policies and skills shaped interactions with European-Americans, provided the tools for three centuries of resistance, and became a foundation of American arms culture
  • The latest research on English legal history, which is essential to modern cases on the right to bear arms

Professors, students, and practicing lawyers will benefit from:

  • Practical advice and resource guides for lawyers, like early career prosecutors or defenders, who will soon practice firearms law
  • Five chapters on the diverse approaches of lower courts in applying the Supreme Court precedents in Heller and McDonald to contemporary laws
  • Historical sources that shaped, and continue to influence, the right to arms


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