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Stephen P. Halbrook is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute. He has taught legal and political philosophy at George Mason University, Howard University, and Tuskegee Institute, and he received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and Ph.D. in social philosophy from Florida State University.

The winner of three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court (Printz v. United States, United States v. Thompson/Center Arms Company, and Castillo v. United States), he has testified before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Subcommittee on Crime of the House Judiciary Committee, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and House Committee on the District of Columbia.

A contributor to numerous scholarly volumes, he is the author of the books, Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State”; The Founders’ Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms; That Every Man Be Armed: Evolution of a Constitutional Right; A Right to Bear Arms; Firearms Law Deskbook: Federal and State Criminal Practice; Securing Civil Rights: Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms; State and Federal Bills of Rights and Constitutional Guarantees; and Target Switzerland: Swiss Armed Neutrality in World War II. Dr. Halbrook’s scholarly articles have appeared in such journals as the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, Drug Law Report, George Mason University Law Review, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Journal of Law and Policy, Law & Contemporary Problems, National Law Journal, Northern Kentucky Law Review, St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary; Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal, Tennessee Law Review, University of Dayton Law Review, Valparaiso University Law Review, Vermont Law Review, and William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.

Dr. Halbrook's popular articles have appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Newsday, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Times, National Review, Investor’s Business Daily, Kansas City Star, Washington Examiner, Shreveport Times, Sacramento Bee, Providence Journal, Tampa Tribune, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, History News Network, San Antonio Express-News, The Daily Caller, Detroit News, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Birmingham News, Environmental Forum, USA Today, and Washington Times. He has also appeared on numerous national TV/radio programs on CNN, Fox News Network, Fox Business Channel, Court TV, NewsMax TV, CBN, Voice of America, and C-SPAN.

Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France 2018
Gun Control in the Third Reich 2013
Securing Civil Rights 2010
The Founders’ Second Amendment 2008
That Every Man Be Armed 1994
Sr. Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook Appears on Fox News Channel Report on State and Federal Gun Laws February 20, 2018
Stephen P. Halbrook Testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee December 6, 2017
"Assault Weapons" or Assault on the Second Amendment February 27, 2016
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Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of Gun Control in the Third Reich appears on the Larry Conners USA radio show on KTRS radio in St. Louis October 21, 2015
Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of Gun Control in the Third Reich appears on the Larry Elder radio show on KRLA October 9, 2015
Stephen P. Halbrook | Oral Argument at Appeal of Heller vs District of Columbia April 20, 2015
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Are There Lessons for Us Today from Nazi Gun Control? July 24, 2014
Restoring First Principles February 9, 2012
The Supreme Court and the Battle for Second Amendment Rights July 22, 2010
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Commentary Articles
No: Gun Control Laws Won’t Stop Las Vegas-type Massacres October 16, 2017
Registration, Confiscation, Arrest September 22, 2016
Judge Garland and the Second Amendment April 1, 2016
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A Danger to Public Safety December 15, 2015
Going Armed with Dangerous and Unusual Weapons to the Terror of the People June 26, 2017
Confirmation Hearings for the Appointment of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court of the United States of America July 1, 2010
On the Nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to Be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States July 17, 2009
On the Nomination of Eric H. Holder, Jr., for Attorney General of the United States January 16, 2009
Congressional Testimony
Firearm Accessory Regulation and Enforcing Federal and State Reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System December 8, 2017
Research Articles
Firearm Sound Moderators: Issues of Criminalization and the Second Amendment June 26, 2017
Reality Check: The “Assault Weapon” Fantasy and Second Amendment Jurisprudence June 26, 2017
New York’s Not So ‘SAFE’ Act June 26, 2017
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