For decades, the Second Amendment was consigned to constitutional exile, all but erased from constitutional law textbooks and effectively banished from the nation’s courts. But no more. Recent developments in the law and in political culture have begun the process of returning the amendment to its proper place in our constitutional pantheon. Congress now has a historic opportunity, not simply to stave off new gun-control proposals, but to begin restoring Americans’ right to keep and bear arms.

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Commentary

Good Guys with Guns: Former Interpol Chief Ron Noble on the Westgate Mall Mass Shooting

By David B. Kopel. Washington Post. May 17, 2016.

A Myopic Focus on Guns Won’t Save Lives

By Jonathan Blanks. U.S. News & World Report (Online). January 7, 2016.

‘Common-Sense’ Gun Reform Is Overrated. Here’s Why.

By Jonathan Blanks. Washington Post (Online). December 11, 2015.

Cato Studies

Keep the Kids Inside? Juvenile Curfews and Urban Gun Violence

By Jillian B. Carr and Jennifer L. Doleac. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 47. March 16, 2016.

The Costs and Consequences of Gun Control

By David B. Kopel. Policy Analysis No. 784. December 1, 2015.

Tough Targets: When Criminals Face Armed Resistance from Citizens

By Clayton E. Cramer and David Burnett. White Paper. February 2, 2012.

Articles

Bloomberg Rules

David B. Kopel. America's First Freedom. January 2014.

More Friends of the Second Amendment: A Walk through the Amicus Briefs in McDonald v. City of Chicago

Ilya Shapiro. Journal on Firearms & Public Policy. Vol. 5. No. 22. Fall 2010.

Keeping Pandora’s Box Sealed: Privileges or Immunities, The Constitution in 2020, and Properly Extending the Right to Keep and Bear Arms to the States

Ilya Shapiro. The Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy. Vol. 8. No. 1. Winter 2010.

Public Filings

Defense Distributed v. U.S. Dep’t of State

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Randal John Meyer. Legal Briefs. December 17, 2015.

Drake v. Jerejian

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Julio Colomba. Legal Briefs. February 12, 2014.

Woollard v. Gallagher

By Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. August 12, 2013.

Cato Reviews & Journals

‘Bootleggers’ and Gun Control

Joseph Michael Newhard. Regulation. Fall 2015.

This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

David B. Kopel. Cato Journal. Spring/Summer 2015.

Insurance as Gun Control?

Stephen G. Gilles and Nelson Lund. Regulation. Fall 2013.

Events

The Blue Tent Sky: How the Left’s War on Guns Cost Me My Son and My Freedom

Featuring Walter Olson and Tim Lynch. December 11, 2014. Book Forum.

Engaging the Courts: Guns, Gays, and Lying Politicians

Featuring Ilya Shapiro and Caleb O. Brown. March 20, 2014. Sponsor E-Briefing.

At the Brink: Will Obama Push Us Over the Edge?

Featuring John R. Lott, Jr. and David Boaz. April 19, 2013. Book Forum.