A Liberal Case for Gun Rights Helps Sway Judiciary

Many who are on the individual-rights side of the gun debate may be as unaware as I was about the state-of-the-thinking in our high courts. I’d always thought that the Second Amendment, like the rest of the four pages of the U.S. Constitution, left very little room for interpretation.  

There used to be an almost complete scholarly and judicial consensus that the Second Amendment protects only a collective right of the states to maintain militias. That consensus no longer exists — thanks largely to the work over the last 20 years of several leading liberal law professors, who have come to embrace the view that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own guns.

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