Tag: 2nd Amendment

The Deeper Significance of Justice Thomas’s Second Amendment Opinion

Commentary The Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle and Pistol Assn. v. Bruen (pdf) was a signal victory for the right to keep and bear arms. Reading Justice Clarence Thomas’s opinion for the court is a rich journey through constitutional law and history. The opinion may become a SCOTUS classic. However, the case…


Joe Biden, America’s Greatest Gun Salesman

Commentary I don’t own a handgun, but when I hear the current White House occupant Joe Biden speak about gun control, my reaction is to want to go out and buy one. I’m sure I’m not alone. I do own a shotgun for home protection, but, although I am an absolute supporter of the Second…


Georgia Gov. Kemp Signs ‘Constitutional Carry’ Bill Into Law

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday signed a bill into law that immediately allows permitless handgun carry for most residents in the state. The measure, Senate Bill 319, dubbed the Georgia Constitutional Carry Act, passed the legislature April 1 mainly along party lines. It allows residents to carry a concealed a firearm without a license,…


Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Signs Bill to Eliminate Permit Requirement for Carrying Pistols

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday signed a constitutional carry bill into law that allows permitless concealed carry in the Yellowhammer State. Alabama House Bill 272, also known as the Constitutional Carry Bill, eliminates certain restrictions on concealed carry of pistols and transporting a handgun in a private vehicle. The bill also established a $5…


5.4 Million Americans Purchase Guns For First Time in 2021: NSSF Survey

An industry trade group has found that at least 5.4 million Americans purchased a firearm for the first time in 2021 (pdf), based on retailer surveys and background checks, with one in three buyers being women. Out of all firearm buyers, nearly 30 percent were first-timers. This is a decrease of 10 percent from 2020…


The Fallacy of Originalism

Commentary Earlier this month the Supreme Court heard an important gun rights case—its most important such case in decades—and its ruling is now eagerly awaited by all sides. At issue is the meaning of the clear language of the Second Amendment, which insists that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall…


Supreme Court Takes Aim at Restrictive New York Concealed-Carry Gun Law

The Supreme Court seemed receptive to arguments that New York state’s tough concealed-carry gun permitting system violates the Second Amendment during a court hearing on Nov. 3. The legal challenge is important because it could result in a nationwide recognition of the right of Americans to possess guns outside the home, carrying guns in public…


LIVE: Texas Gov. Abbott Signs Second Amendment Bills


Defending the Constitution: The 2nd Amendment Is Not Outdated

Commentary This is the seventh installment in a series defending the Constitution against slanders from “progressive” critics. A lawyer in Boulder, Colorado, has been buying billboard space attacking the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. One billboard reads: IMAGINE HIGHWAYS USING TRAFFIC LAWS WRITTEN IN 1791. IMAGINE RADIO, TELEVISION, AND INTERNET RUN BY…


Video: Why Gun Control Doesn’t Reduce Crime—John Lott Breaks Down the Data

Recent mass shootings have brought guns back to the center of national debate, and President Joe Biden has announced new executive orders on gun control. At the center of the discussion is a question: do gun control measures prevent crime or do they actually do the opposite? To understand what the data says, I decided…