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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 joins The Reload podcast to discuss Benitez’s June ruling that California’s assault weapons ban is unconstitutional

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On podcast, Blocher discusses Second Amendment interpretations in the courts – and whether the US is at an inflection point on gun rights and gun control

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Miller’s essay for the Brennan Center explores the paradox of Second Amendment insurrectionist theory being built around the grievances of slave owners rather than enslaved Africans

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Blocher publishes essay for the Brennan Center on reframing gun regulation to protect citizens’ rights to speak, learn, pray, shop, and vote without fear

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Upcoming Events

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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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