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.

More on Gun Control


A Defense of ‘Assault Weapons’

By Matthew Larosiere. Orange County Register. May 6, 2019.

Want to Stop Gun Deaths? Stop Talking about ‘Weapons of War.’

By Jonathan Blanks. Washington Post. March 26, 2019.

What’s Really at Stake in the Supreme Court’s New Gun Case

By Matthew Larosiere. Orange County Register. March 6, 2019.

Cato Studies

Losing Count: The Empty Case for “High-Capacity” Magazine Restrictions

By Matthew Larosiere. Legal Policy Bulletin No. 3. July 17, 2018.

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.


Bloomberg Rules

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

Our Core Second Amendment Rights

Cato's Letter. Robert A. Levy. Vol. 11. No. 3. Summer 2013.

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.

Public Filings

Red Flag Laws: Examining Guidelines for State Action

By David B. Kopel. Testimony. March 25, 2019.

Mance v. Whitaker

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Matthew Larosiere. Legal Briefs. December 21, 2018.

Hatfield v. Sessions

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Matthew Larosiere. Legal Briefs. October 11, 2018.

Cato Reviews & Journals

The Right to Keep and Bear Arms: 10 Years after Heller

Policy Report. September/October 2018.

22. Restoring the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017).

Gun Control: Grounds for Compromise?

Robert A. Levy. Policy Report. September/October 2016.


#CatoDigital — The Right to Bear 3D-Printed Arms: A First and Second Amendment Issue

Featuring Josh Blackman, Matthew Larosiere, Mark McDaniel, & Kat Murti. September 27, 2018. Cato Digital.

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.

The Heller Ruling, Five Years On

Featuring Alan Gura, Robert A. Levy, Clark Neily, & Tim Lynch. June 4, 2013. Policy Forum.