Second Amendment scholarship has changed dramatically in its substance, style, diversity, and depth. Many elements of that transformation are hard to quantify, but others—including the sheer increase in volume—are more susceptible to rough-and-ready empirical snapshots.
In Kanter v. Barr, decided this March, the Seventh Circuit rejected a non-violent felon’s as-applied challenge to 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1), which prohibits those convicted of (nearly) all felony offenses from possessing firearms for life. The majority decision, and the dissent, highlight a fraught debate about the historical justification undergirding these types of prohibitions.
Welcome to the blog for the Center for Firearms Law at Duke Law School. The blog will highlight important cases, scholarship, research, and other news about the Second Amendment and the broader debates over gun rights and regulation. Like the Center, the blog aims to present controversial issues in a fair, nonpartisan, and balanced way. If you have comments, feedback, or suggestions for topics to cover, you can reach out to the contributors, email the Center, or tweet at us on Twitter (@DukeFirearmsLaw).