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New histories of gun rights and regulation, essays on the place of guns in American law and society, edited by Joseph Blocher, Jacob D. Charles, Darrell A.H. Miller.

In 2008, the Supreme Court issued a groundbreaking opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller. Relying heavily on historical sources, the Court concluded that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees a personal right to keep and bear arms for purposes unrelated to a government-run militia. Heller not only marked the judicial culmination of a decades-long historical dispute, but also ushered in a new wave of legal challenges that in turn raised the need for further scholarship on the historical scope of gun rights and regulation in Anglo-American history. In hundreds of cases over the next 15 years, judges relied on both historical research and contemporary evidence in evaluating the constitutionality of gun laws designed to address contemporary problems of the most visceral kind
Table Of Contents
Cover -- New Histories of Gun Rights and Regulation -- Copyright -- Contents -- 1. Firearms Law and History in a New Doctrinal Era -- 2. U.S. Expansion and the Development of a National Firearms Industry -- 3. Scottish History, Presbyterian Culture, and the Right to Bear Arms -- 4. "A Well- Regulated Militia": Constitutional Politics, the Second Amendment, and the Militia in the Jacksonian Era and the American Civil War -- 5. Gun Laws in Early America: The Sometimes Contradictory Regulations of Gun Use in the Colonial South -- 6. To Brandish or Not to Brandish: The Consequences of Gun Display -- 7. The Life She Saves May Be Her Own: The Radical Feminist Argument for Women's Gun- Armed Self- Defense -- 8. Historical Gun Laws Targeting "Dangerous" Groups and Outsiders -- 9. Strange Bedfellows: Racism and Gun Rights in American History and Current Scholarship -- 10. A Brief Overview of Gun Registration in U.S. History -- 11. Historical Militia Law, Fire Prevention Law, and the Modern Second Amendment -- 12. Abolition, Armed Self- Defense, and Firearms Regulation in Antebellum America: The Enforcement of Surety Laws in Boston -- 13. Constitutional Liquidation, Surety Laws, and the Right to Bear Arms -- 14. Prohibitions on Private Armies in Seven State Constitutions -- Index
Literary Form
non fiction
Also issued in print: 2023
Physical Description
1 online resource (305 pages)
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