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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.

Developing Firearms Law as a Scholarly Field

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.

Teaching Resources & Sample Syllabi

Teaching Resources & Sample Syllabi

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Repository of Historical Gun Laws

Repository of Historical Gun Laws

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Research Affiliate Program

Research Affiliate Program

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In the News

Charles ’13 analyzes the Colorado Supreme Court decision upholding large-capacity magazine limit

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Charles ’13 analyzes what Roberts’s separate opinion in June Medical may reveal about his views of Second Amendment methodology

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Miller tells Politifact there is no federal law that nullifies a concealed carry permit while the bearer is wearing a mask

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Miller op-ed: Without nuance, calls to “defund the police” may only help vigilantes empowered by American gun laws

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Covid & Guns: A Conversation with Jeff Swanson

In this series, hosted by the Center for Firearms Law, we talk with experts on various aspects of firearms law & policy about the role of guns in the ongoing pandemic. This interview with Prof. Jeff Swanson discusses the potential for increased risks of firearm suicide during the pandemic.

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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.

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