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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Cato Studies

Tough Targets: When Criminals Face Armed Resistance from Citizens

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

There Goes the Neighborhood: The Bush-Ashcroft Plan to “Help” Localities Fight Gun Crime

By Gene Healy. Policy Analysis No. 440. May 28, 2002.

Pistol Whipped: Baseless Lawsuits, Foolish Laws

By Robert A. Levy. Policy Analysis No. 400. May 9, 2001.

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

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.

Kachalsky v. Cacace

By Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. February 11, 2013.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Insurance as Gun Control?

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

Our Core Second Amendment Rights

Robert A. Levy. Cato's Letter. Summer 2013.

The Truth about Gun Control

Policy Report. May/June 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.