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The Duke Center for Firearms Law is dedicated to the development of firearms law as a scholarly field. It seeks to do so through the development and support of reliable, original, and insightful scholarship, research, and programming on firearms law that will be useful to lawyers, policy makers, and the interested layperson.

In The News

A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Highlighted Videos

The New Constitutional Test for the 2nd Amendment The landmark Supreme Court case New York State Rifle and Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen spelled...
The King of Gun Rights Cases – DC v. Heller Understanding the Supreme Court's most important Second Amendment case.
Bruen: History, Ethics, and the Future of Second Amendment Jurisprudence Published: March 6, 2024 - 12:30 pm

Under the Supreme Court's 2022 decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen, the constitutionality of a modern gun regulation depends...

The Second Amendment: A Reaction to the Oral Argument in United States v. Rahimi Published: November 14, 2023 - 12:30 pm

Professor Darrell Miller will lead a discussion with Cassandra Rowe and Elizabeth Sager, public health experts from the...

Bill of Rights

The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

The Second Amendment is among the most recognized provisions of the Constitution. It is also perhaps the most misunderstood. Common misconceptions about the amendment – what it forbids, what it permits, how it functions as law – distort the gun debate and America’s constitutional culture.

In The Positive Second Amendment, Blocher and Miller provide the first comprehensive post-Heller account of the history, theory, and law of the right to keep and bear arms.