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Malcolm Discusses Chicago Gun Rights Case

Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm spoke at a May 5 public program at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on "Re-Thinking the Second Amendment."

At the heart of the program was a discussion of the controversial Chicago gun rights case McDonald v. Chicago before the Supreme Court this term. A central question in the case is whether the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental constitutional privilege akin to freedom of speech, press, and religion that can be invoked by individuals against local, state, and federal government.

Joining Malcolm in the program was David A. Strauss, Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, and one of the nation's leading constitutional law scholars. Moderator for the event was journalist Lyle Denniston.

Malcolm has discussed the case widely over the past week, including a May 1 online discussion with Joel Mathis of Red/Blue America, A May 3 Radio Smart Talk WITF (NPR affiliate) interview (Harrisburg), and a May 5 Fox 29 (Philadelphia) interview.

Read about the National Constitution Center program