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Preface: The Second Generation of Second Amendment Law & Policy

The first generation of Second Amendment scholarship focused on a single question: Does the Second Amendment protect an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense, or a collective right connected to the maintenance of a well-regulated militia? Now, after the Supreme Court resolved that question in District of Columbia v. Heller, we are in the midst of a second generation of scholarship. This article describes the arc of Second Amendment jurisprudence and research, and introduces a new round of articles about this important constitutional provision.

Published: May 18, 2017