Book Forum

Gun Control on Trial

Inside the Supreme Court Battle over the Second Amendment

November 24, 2008 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST


Featuring the author, Brian Doherty, Senior Editor, Reason Magazine, with comments by Christopher Rhee, Partner, Arnold & Porter. Moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute

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Last June, the Supreme Court had its first opportunity in seven decades to address one of America’s most impassioned constitutional debates: Does the right to possess firearms, as stated in the Second Amendment, apply to individuals? Yes, the Court ruled, it does. And, with that decision, the District of Columbia’s handgun ban‐​one of the most controversial in the nation‐​was ended. In Gun Control on Trial, journalist Brian Doherty tells the full story behind the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller ruling. With exclusive, behind‐​the‐​scenes access throughout the case, Doherty’s new book takes readers on a remarkable journey‐​through the legal, scientific, and historical debates; the political battles; and the myths about gun control that have become widespread. How is the District’s new registration process working? How will the Heller precedent impact the firearm regulations in other American cities? Join us for a discussion of the Heller case and its impact.