"A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." - U.S. Const. Amend. II
At the time this language was ratified in 1791, it was relatively uncontroversial. More than two centuries later, however, the debate over the regulation of firearms is in full force in our halls of government. The Supreme Court in 2008 sought to define the scope of gun rights in its landmark Heller decision by looking to the original intent of its drafters. But since that time recent tragedies across the nation have breathed new life into this issue as courts and elected officials struggle with the various competing policy considerations in an effort to set forth a workable solution that protects the rights of law-abiding individuals while simultaneously protecting the public at large.
Esteemed scholars and practitioners from across the country will explore the history of the Second Amendment, current legal trends in the area of gun rights, recent legislative initiatives, litigation of gun control cases, the intersection with mental health concerns, and other facets of the larger discussion. By bringing leading voices together on this timely matter, the Connecticut Law Review hopes that a robust exchange of ideas will encourage policymakers everywhere to engage in a meaningful dialogue over where to go from the senseless events of recent years.
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