Malcolm Discusses Assault Weapons Ban on PBS Newshour

On March 21 PBS NewsHour aired a program featuring Patrick Henry Professor of Law and the Second Amendment Joyce Lee Malcolm in which she discussed "The Assault Weapons Ban as Understood by a 2nd Amendment Scholar." 

Malcolm explained to show host Kwame Holman how the Second Amendment came to be and what research suggests the framers of the Constitution intended, predicting that the assault weapons ban was not likely to move to the Senate floor because it seems to ignore recent Supreme Court decisions that establish an individual right to own guns that are commonly used for protection.

"I don't really think the idea that you can ban them or reduce the magazine will really pass constitutional muster," Malcolm said. "If your standard is common use, these are all in common use for lawful purposes."