Gun Laws of the United States Research Paper by carbonkid

Gun Laws of the United States
A detailed study of gun law in the U.S., the ongoing controversy that it has sparked, and changes in the course of jurisprudence for the Second Amendment.
# 115422 | 3,814 words | 20 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jul 20, 2009 in Law (Constitution) , Hot Topics (Gun Control)


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Description:

This paper discusses one of the most controversial rights in America, the right to keep and bear arms. The author discusses the far-reaching scope and the potential meanings of the Second Amendment which were the most commonly debated issues at one time. The historical background for U.S. gun law is described, and groundbreaking lawsuits that highlight various interpretations of the Second Amendment and their effects on the course of jurisprudence are also discussed.

Outline:
Introduction
Establishment of the Historical Premise
Seeking the Second Amendment
The Right to Bear Arms in the 1800s
Gun Case Law from Cruikshank Onward
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"In some senses, it becomes necessary to remember that not every phrase in the Constitution is explicit or unambiguous. The authors of the document did an impressive job of articulating all that was necessary for establishing a system of government for the new Nation, but some rights exist simply by virtue of extrapolation. Self-defense comes into the Second Amendment in this way. Through the use of extrapolation, one may conclude that the right to bear arms implies that those arms can be used, and that the right to use arms is a fundamental legal presupposition of the right to bear arms."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • J.B. Alonso, International Law and the United States Constitution in Conflict: A Case Study on the Second Amendment, 26(1) HOUSTON J. INT'L L. 1(2003), available at http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5002109752.
  • C.T. Bogus, What Does the Second Amendment Restrict? A Collective Rights Analysis, 18(3)CONSTITUTIONAL COMMENTARY 485 (2001). Retrieved February 20, 2009, from Questia database: http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5000661345.
  • CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, reprinted in THE COLUMBIA ENCYCLOPEDIA (Columbia University Press 6th ed. 2007), available at http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=112889286.
  • C.E. Cramer, FOR THE DEFENSE OF THEMSELVES AND THE STATE: THE ORIGINAL INTENT AND JUDICIAL INTERPRETATION OF THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS (Praeger Publishers 1994), available at http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=9151145.
  • S.P. Halbrook, A RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS: STATE AND FEDERAL BILLS OF RIGHTS AND CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEES (Greenwood Press 1989), available at http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=27315870.

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"Gun Laws of the United States" 20 July 2009. Web. 15 October. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/research-paper/gun-laws-of-the-united-states-115422/>

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