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Author: Joseph Blocher

Faculty Co-Director.  Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Lanty L. Smith ’67 Professor Law, Duke University School of Law.  Blocher researches federal and state constitutional law, the First and Second Amendments, legal history, and property.  His current scholarship addresses issues of gun rights and regulation, free speech, sovereignty, and refugee law.  He has published dozens of articles on those topics and co-authored Free Speech Beyond Words (NYU Press, 2017) and The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

  • November 03, 2023
  • By Joseph Blocher and Reva Siegel
Gun Rights and Domestic Violence in Rahimi—Whose Traditions Does the Second Amendment Protect?

[This post previously ran as a guest post on the Balkanization blog here.] Since 1994,...

  • September 15, 2021
  • By Joseph Blocher
United States v. Perez and Doctrinal Development

Earlier this summer, in United States v. Perez, a divided panel of the Second Circuit...

  • September 10, 2021
  • By Joseph Blocher
Takings Claims Against Parking Lot Laws After Cedar Point

Last Term, in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, the Supreme Court found that a California...

  • April 30, 2021
  • By Joseph Blocher
Scholarship Highlight: “State Preemption of Local Gun Regulations: Taking Aim at Barriers to Change in Firearm Policy”

Although the Second Amendment still tends to get all the attention in debates about...