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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

Repository of Historical Gun Laws

Research Affiliate Program

In the News

Highlighted Video

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.

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.

In the News

Blocher tells The Washington Post the historical record offers no clear-cut answers on how to regulate guns today

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Willinger says online traffic to the Center for Firearms Law’s Repository of Historical Gun Laws has grown fivefold since the Bruen decision

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Willinger says the original intent of 1919 pistol permit law is unclear as North Carolina lawmakers seek to repeal it

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Willinger joins Legal Face-off podcast to explain how the Bruen ruling is affecting states’ attempts to regulate firearms

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