Working Paper No. 08-10:
The Second Amendment and the Supreme Court


Douglas Smith

Date Posted: 2008

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This article discusses the litigation regarding the Second Amendment currently pending before the Supreme Court. I argue that the narrow issue that is before the Court (whether the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right) is fairly straightforward and present arguments regarding the text and history of the amendment that suggest it guarantees a fundamental individual right. In the process, I critique the arguments that have been presented by the District of Columbia to the contrary.