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

Congress Should Rescind Social Security Regulation That Violates Civil Rights of Those with Disabilities

By Samantha Crane, Dara Baldwin, and Josh Blackman. The Hill (Online). January 25, 2017.

Why the Left and the Right Should Oppose Government Registries

By Adam Bates and Alex Nowrasteh. Washington Examiner. November 18, 2016.

Does Hillary Believe in an Individual Right to Bear Arms or Not?

By Adam Bates. National Review (Online). October 20, 2016.

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

North Carolina v. Lee

By Ilya Shapiro and David McDonald. Legal Briefs. May 16, 2017.

Garcia v. Becerra

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Thomas Berry. Legal Briefs. April 10, 2017.

In the Matter of Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007

By Ilya Shapiro, Josh Blackman, E. Gregory Wallace, & Randal John Meyer. Public Comments. July 1, 2016.

Cato Reviews & Journals

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.

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.