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If We’re Going to Rely on History to Interpret the Constitution, We Need Historians

Posted by on July 24, 2023

The Supreme Court is turning to history more than ever in deciding cases, and nowhere is this more apparent than with the Second Amendment.  In 2022, in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, a six-justice majority of the Supreme Court ushered in a new era of history-and-tradition-focused jurisprudence when it comes […]

The Center’s September 2022 Symposium with the NYU Law Review

Posted by on November 2, 2022

On September 23, 2022, the Center co-hosted a symposium in New York, in coordination with the New York University Law Review, on the theme of Gun Rights and Regulation after Bruen.   The symposium was a tremendous success and the Center would like to thank all those who participated, attended in person, and tuned into the live stream.  […]

Essays from Harvard Law Review Symposium Published

Posted by on July 25, 2022

We’re excited to share the essays from the Guns, Violence, and Democracy symposium that the Center co-hosted with the Harvard Law Review on March 25, 2022, which are now published in the Harvard Law Review Forum.  The symposium addressed the ways that violence shapes U.S. democracy with an emphasis on the intersection between firearms and issues such as […]

New AALS Section on Firearms Law

Posted by on June 10, 2022

We’re very excited to report a newly approved Section on Firearms Law through the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), which “has the dual responsibility of serving law schools and their deans as their institutional membership organization, and individual law school faculty and administrators as their learned society.” The new  Section, launched just a few […]

Announcing the Center’s New Executive Director

Posted by on May 13, 2022

After serving as the executive director since the Center opened in February 2019, Jake will be joining the faculty of Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law this summer. The Center’s subject-matter experts and founders, faculty co-directors Joseph and Darrell, will continue to oversee the mission and work of the Center, and they recently completed a […]

Center Leadership Publishing New Casebook: Firearms Law and the Second Amendment

Posted by on January 27, 2022

We are very excited to announce that Center leadership will be co-authoring a new law school casebook on the Second Amendment and firearms law (title TBD). The book will be published by Foundation Press and available (assuming all goes according to plan) in spring 2023. Fourteen years ago, the Supreme Court’s groundbreaking decision in District […]

Center Hiring New Executive Director

Posted by on January 25, 2022

The Center is hiring! We are looking for a new Executive Director to take over the role from Jake, who will be starting this summer as an Associate Professor of Law at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law. The job description is below and application instructions can be found here: https://bit.ly/3FUJyZJ. We are happy to answer […]

Bruen: What We’re Watching For in Oral Arguments

Posted by on November 1, 2021

When the Supreme Court granted review in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen this past April, Jake wrote about the basic contours of the case and the stakes it holds for the future of gun regulation. Now that we’re on the eve of oral arguments in the case, scheduled for Wednesday, November […]

Recent Center Commentary

Posted by on January 13, 2021

Over the past few weeks, Joseph and Darrell have done some commentary on the relationship between guns and democratic institutions. Joseph Blocher & Alan Chen, Why Do States Ban “Electioneering” but Allow Guns at Polling Places?, Slate (Jan. 5., 2021) Olivia Li, The Gun Rights Rhetoric That Helped Seed the Insurrectionist Mindset, The Trace (Jan. […]

Quick Reactions to the NYSRPA Opinion

Posted by on April 27, 2020

This morning, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York. The case concerned a New York City rule that forbid individuals with a premises license from transporting their firearms to shooting ranges and second homes outside the City. The City repealed the rule […]