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The Right to Bear Arms
The Right to Bear Arms
A Constitutional Right of the People or a Privilege of the Ruling Class?
List Price: $19.99
Currently out of stock. Buy it on Amazon.

Paperback • 377 pages • 6 x 9 inches

ISBN-13: 978-1637581186

Publication Date: Apr. 6, 2021

Publisher: Bombardier Books, Post Hill Press





The Right to Bear Arms
A Constitutional Right of the People or a Privilege of the Ruling Class?
The Right to Bear Arms
List Price: $19.99
Currently out of stock. Buy it on Amazon.

Paperback • 377 pages • 6 x 9 inches

ISBN-13: 978-1637581186

Publication Date: Apr. 6, 2021

Publisher: Bombardier Books, Post Hill Press





Overview

The Right to Bear Arms is the first scholarly study of the history of the right to bear and carry arms outside of the home, a right held dear by Americans before, during, and after the Founding period; it rebuts attempts by anti-gun advocates to rewrite history and “cancel” the Founding generation’s lived experiences bearing firearms.

The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized the individual right to keep and bear arms, but courts in states having extreme gun-control restrictions apply tests that wash the right away. This book demonstrates that the right peaceably to carry firearms is a fundamental one recognized by the text of the Second Amendment and is part of our American history and tradition.

Halbrook’s scholarly work is an exhaustive historical treatment of the fundamental, individual right to carry firearms outside of the home. He traces this right from its origins in England through American colonial times, the American Revolution, the Constitution’s ratification debates, and then through the antebellum and postbellum periods, including the history surrounding the enactment of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and up through the twentieth century to today.

The Right to Bear Arms is another important contribution by Halbrook to the scholarship concerning the text, history and tradition of the Second Amendment’s right to bear and carry arms.

Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Prologue: “The Right of the People to...Bear Arms”
Part One: English Origins of the Individual Right to Bear Arms
1. To Go Armed
2. “That the Subjects Which Are Protestants, May Have Arms for Their Defence”
3. A Right for All Seasons
Part Two: The Fundamental Right to Bear Arms at the American Founding
4. From Colonies to Independent States
5. Adoption of the Right to Bear Arms in the Second Amendment
Part Three: The Right to Bear Arms in the Nineteenth Century
6. Going Armed in the Early American Republic
7. The Fourteenth Amendment and Its Aftermath
Part Four: History Marches On
8. The “Wild West,” Jim Crow, and Anti-Immigrant Aberrations to the Right to Bear Arms
9. From the State Courts to the U.S. Supreme Court
10. Today’s Limbo Game: How Low Can the Standard Go?
Afterword About the Author

Praise

“The U.S. Supreme Court has granted certiorari to hear a major case on the right to bear arms, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Corlett. By happy coincidence, the best book on the legal history of the right has just been published: Stephen P. Halbrook, The Right to Bear Arms: A Constitutional Right of the People or a Privilege of the Ruling Class? Halbrook’s book will be central to the Supreme Court case, just as Halbrook’s previous work was for the Supreme Court’s decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago—not only in direct citations, but also in the many original sources that Halbrook was the first to write about, and which the Court incorporated in its opinions. Indeed, Halbrook’s scholarship was a foundation of McDonald case, for he had demonstrated in irrefutable detail that Congress passed the Fourteenth Amendment for the explicit purpose of, inter alia, protecting the right to arms of former slaves to keep and bear arms for personal and family defense. . . . Any serious person involved in the legal debate over the right to bear arms will have to address the arguments in Halbrook's latest book.”
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News Date
“SCOTUS’s New Second Amendment Case about More Than the Right to Carry” Sr. Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of The Right to Bear Arms interviewed on Bearing Arms Wed., May. 5, 2021

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