The Second Amendment
Thoughts and Other Materials

    Important Cases:

In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Supreme Court held a DC gun ban unconstitutional, finding that the Second Amendment applied in the District of Columbia. Later, in McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010), the Court held that this amendment applied to the States. Since then, there has been lots of criminal and civil litigation regarding this amendment.

The Fifth Circuit, in United States v. Emerson,
270 F.3d 203 (5th Cir. 2001), cert. denied, 536 U.S. 907 (2002), has a good analysis of the meaning and scope of this amendment. It held, after historical analysis, "We reject the collective rights and sophisticated collective rights models for interpreting the Second Amendment. We hold, consistent with Miller, that it protects the right of individuals, including those not then actually a member of any militia or engaged in active military service or training, to privately possess and bear their own firearms, such as the pistol involved here, that are suitable as personal, individual weapons and are not of the general kind or type excluded by Miller."  

In 2013, the Maryland legislature enacted a ban on semiautomatic, military style guns, resulting in a civil case being filed to challenge its constitutionality. That federal court found the ban constitutional in Kolbe v. O'Malley, 42 F.Supp.3d 768 (D. Md. 2014). But on appeal, the Fourth Circuit panel found the ban unconstitutional in Kolbe v. Hogan, 813 F.3d 160 (4th Cir. 2016), and Maryland petitioned for rehearing. Earlier this year, in Kolbe v. Hogan, 849 F.3d 114 (4th Cir. 2017), that full court reversed the panel and found this ban constitutional. The Fourth Circuit's docket sheet for that appeal is available here. This case is going to the Supremes.

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On July 25, 2017, the DC Circuit ruled in a case styled Wrenn v. District of Columbia that what is essentially a ban on open carry in DC was unconstitutional. Instead of incurring Pacer charges, you may obtain the opinion here, where the whole docket sheet for this case is posted, along with all pleadings.


In 2004, the Depart of Justice published a decision, Whether the Second Amendment Secures an Individual Right, which is a great read.

The UN has issued Document 7277 promoting disarmament.

This interesting policy report, Cato Report
, shows that gun control is bad, and should be read.


If you are thinking about joining an organization, Larry Pratt’s Gun Owners of America, is in my opinion, the best. I am a member.

The Second Amendment Foundation: Great folks from Missoula.

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
publishes lots of great articles.

For the ladies (and their pink handguns), the Second Amendment Sisters is for them.