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


Washington Quietly Increases Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

By Ted Galen Carpenter. American Conservative. September 10, 2018.

Britain’s Failed Weapons-Control Laws Show Why the Second Amendment Matters

By David B. Kopel and Vincent Harinam. National Review (Online). August 28, 2018.

Yes, Washington, the First Amendment Even Protects Firearm Blueprints

By Ilya Shapiro and Matthew Larosiere. The Federalist. August 1, 2018.

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

Worman v. Healey

By Joseph G.S. Greenlee, David B. Kopel, Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, & Matthew Larosiere. Legal Briefs. August 29, 2018.

Comments to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the Matter of the Language of the National Firearms Act and the Definition of “Machinegun”

By Ilya Shapiro. Public Comments. June 21, 2018.

Kanter v. Sessions

By Megan L. Brown, Stephen J. Obermeier, Bethany A. Corbin, Krystal B. Swendsboe, & Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. May 8, 2018.

Cato Reviews & Journals

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.

Researcher Perceptions of Lawful, Concealed Carry of Handguns

John R. Lott, Jr. and Gary A. Mauser. Regulation. Summer 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.