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The Second Amendment permits sensible gun laws. Our analysis pushes back on absolutist characterizations of the amendment.

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Why It Matters

In recent years, the Supreme Court has dramat­ic­ally expan­ded the scope of the Second Amend­ment to confer an indi­vidual right to bear arms. The result has been to expose count­less sens­ible gun laws to consti­tu­tional attack, even as the coun­try reels from an epidemic of gun viol­ence.

The Bren­nan Center for Justice’s pion­eer­ing research on the Second Amend­ment and its inter­pret­a­tion through­out history is help­ing lay the ground­work for sens­ible approaches to the Second Amend­ment that respect both rights and public safety. The Bren­nan Center also is a lead­ing voice in speak­ing out against the outsize polit­ical influ­ence of the National Rifle Asso­ci­ation, which has stymied mean­ing­ful gun reform efforts despite over­whelm­ing public support for action.



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The extraordinary events of the past year challenge us to assess anew many of our institutions, laws, and freedoms.

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