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Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty, Princeton University.  See profile: https://history.princeton.edu/people/laura-f-edwards 

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The Sounds of Silence: An Examination of Local Legal Records Reveals Robust Historical Regulation of the Public Peace

Posted by and on August 18, 2023

This guest post does not necessarily represent the views of the Duke Center for Firearms Law. Many legal scholars and most courts implementing Bruen’s framework have approached early American law as if the statutory record constitutes the sum total of the founding era’s legal traditions.  Given that presumption, silences in the statutes become evidence of […]

Weapons and the Peace

Posted by on July 25, 2023

[This is a guest post that is part of a mini-series on the history of firearms and gun regulation in early America.] When reconstructing the legal order of the early republic, the inclination is to start where we are now and then move backward along a straight line.  Because statutes and appellate decisions at the […]