The Second Amendment Upholds an Individual Right
Amici Curiae Brief in D.C. v. Heller for 55 Senators, the Senate President, and 250 Members of the House of Representatives
After nearly 70 years of silence regarding the Second Amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to preside over the District of Columbia vs. Heller. At issue, as attorney and Independent Institute Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook explains in his new book The Founders Second Amendment (June 6, 2008 / Ivan R. Dee / $28.95), is whether or not the Second Amendment protects a private citizens right to bear arms in the home. Having won three cases before the Supreme Court, Halbrook has filed a Brief for Amici Curiae in the case on behalf of more than 300 members of Congress. It is available for download here.
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SECURING CIVIL RIGHTS: Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms
What did it mean to take civil rights seriouslyespecially the “right to bear arms”in the years following the abolition of slavery? By quoting legislative debates, Congressional hearings on Ku Klux Klan violence, and newspapers and law books of the time, constitutional scholar Stephen Halbrook shows that both supporters and opponents of the Fourteenth Amendment (1868) believed that it protected all Bill of Rights guaranteesespecially the Second Amendmentfrom infringement by the states. Learn More »»