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Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy

Second Edition

Nicholas J. Johnson
Professor of Law
Fordham University School of Law

David B. Kopel
Adjunct Professor of Law
University of Denver Sturm College of Law

George A. Mocsary
Assistant Professor of Law
Southern Illinois University School of Law

Michael P. O'Shea
Professor of Law
Oklahoma City University School of Law

2018. 1,416 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-7644-1. With Teacherís Manual.

For additional information and materials, please visit the case book's website,

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About the Book

Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights and Policy is the first and only traditional law school casebook to cover the subject. It provides a comprehensive treatment of cases and materials before and after the the U.S. Supreme Courtís landmark cases in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010), which affirmed the constitutional right to private firearm possession and use, and made the right enforceable against the states. From days of Anglo-Saxon King Alfredís militia in the eighth century through the latest cases on electric stun guns and 3-D printed firearms, this casebook covers all aspects of firearms law, policy, and regulation. Rather than looking at arms laws in isolation, the book pays careful attention to changing contexts in race, class, religion, technology, and politics. 

New to the 2nd Edition:

  • Coverage of the many important cases decided since the first editionís publication in 2012. Topics include carry outside the home, limits on possession in the home, nongun arms, and restoration of firearms rights.
  • A new first chapter provides the core social science and criminological data about firearms ownership and firearms crime in the contemporary United States.
  • A new chapter on the right to arms in the statesóa topic which is often overlooked, but which for most of American history has provided most of the case law on the right to arms.
  • The historical chapters now include analysis of how developments in firearms technology affected firearms law and culture.  
  • A much-expanded chapter on English history provides context to the origins of the Second Amendment, and to modern American arms law debates, which continue to pay careful attention to the English background.

Key Benefits:

  • The first law school casebook to cover firearms law.
  • Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of firearms law, from early English origins to present-day debates.
  • Supplemental materials on the website will be a continuing research source tracking the most current developments in firearms law, regulation, and policy.
  • A Teacherís Manual provides solid support for presentation, discussions and questions.
  • Five online chapters on firearms and status, the philosophy of citizen arms bearing, international law, comparative law,and an in-depth explanation of firearm and ammunition functionality. The chapters are available in the Professor Materials section and to the public on the casebook's supplemental website.