Gun Control on Trial: Inside the Supreme Court Battle Over the Second Amendment

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In 2008, the Supreme Court had its first opportunity in seven decades to decide a question at the heart of one of America's most impassioned debates: Do Americans have the right to possess guns? Gun Control on Trial will tell the story of the case, now known as District of Columbia vs Heller, which promises to be the most significant court decision of the decade.

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Overview

In 2008, the Supreme Court had its first opportunity in seven decades to decide a question at the heart of one of America's most impassioned debates: Do Americans have the right to possess guns? Gun Control on Trial will tell the story of the case, now known as District of Columbia vs Heller, which promises to be the most significant court decision of the decade.

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The 2008 Supreme Court decision District of Columbia v. Heller interpreted the meaning of the Second Amendment's "right to bear arms" as an individual right but left it unclear the extent to which guns might be regulated. Doherty, an editor at Reason magazine, journalist, and commentator, was recruited by the libertarian Cato Institute to write this insider account of the case, with behind-the-scenes information on personalities and events and legal/historical context. He makes clear that he is an advocate for gun rights and that the five-to-four decision was, in his opinion, the only reasonable one. While there is considerable information here, Doherty clutters the book with his numerous gratuitous one-sided opinions and quotes from interviewees. This may be the first book to discuss Heller, but libraries would do better to wait for a more carefully written, balanced work or rely on a pre-Heller legal discussion such as Mark V. Tushnet 's Out of Range: Why the Constitution Can't End the Battle over Guns.
—Mary Jane Brustman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933995250
  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Publication date: 2/15/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Heller Makes History

1 The Roots of the Second Amendment 1

2 The Genesis of Heller 23

3 The Politics of Gun Control 43

4 Gun Stories, Gun Culture, and Gun Prejudice 71

5 Guns by Numbers and Heller's Day in Court 85

6 The Heller Aftermath 109

Selected Bibliography 117

Table Of Cases 119

Index 121

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