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Stephen P. Halbrook
Senior Fellow

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, The Right to Bear Arms, Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France: Tyranny and Resistance; 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, 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 Channel, Fox Business Network, Court TV, NewsMax TV, CBN, Voice of America, and C-SPAN.

The Right to Bear Arms 2021
Securing Civil Rights (2021) 2021
The Founders’ Second Amendment (2019) 2019
Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France 2018
Gun Control in the Third Reich 2013
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The Second Amendment: Opportunities and Threats | Stephen P. Halbrook Interview May 11, 2022
COVID-19: Will the Second Amendment Survive the Coronavirus? | Graham Walker and Stephen P. Halbrook April 24, 2020
Protecting the Second Amendment February 27, 2020
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“SCOTUS Affirms the Right to Bear Arms” Sr. Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of The Right to Bear Arms appears on the Robert Scott Bell show. July 7, 2022
“Protecting Your Second Amendment Rights” Sr. Fellow Stephen Halbrook, author of The Right to Bear Arms appears on the Shaun Thompson show on WIND Chicago June 30, 2022
“Supreme Court Gun Rights Cases Explained” Sr. Fellow Stephen Halbrook, author of The Right to Bear Arms appears on the Liz Callaway Long Story Short podcast June 28, 2022
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COVID-19: Will the Second Amendment Survive the Coronavirus? April 24, 2020
Are There Lessons for Us Today from Nazi Gun Control? July 24, 2014
Restoring First Principles: The Economy, Bailouts, and the Right to Bear Arms February 9, 2012
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Commentary Articles
Supreme Court Second Amendment Ruling is about Self-Defense July 15, 2022
What Firearms Have “Common-Use” Protections? May 25, 2022
Ukraine War Reintroduces U.S. Politicians to the Second Amendment March 30, 2022
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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
The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms February 24, 2022
The Second Amendment Was Adopted to Protect Liberty, Not Slavery October 12, 2021
Faux Histoire of the Right to Bear Arms July 14, 2021
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