Heller's Future in the Lower Courts
Glenn Harlan Reynolds
University of Tennessee College of Law
Brannon P. Denning
Samford University - Cumberland School of Law
July 17, 2008
Northwestern University Law Review, Vol. 102, No. 406, 2008
University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 40
The Supreme Court's recent decision in District of Columbia v. Heller not only established an individual right to gun ownership, but also overturned - by a 9-0 margin - lower-court caselaw based on a "collective right" interpretation of the Second Amendment. This article looks at how Heller is likely to fare in the lower courts, based on experience with other recent Supreme Court decisions, and incorporates new scholarship on decision rules and the so-called "new doctrinalism."
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: heller, guns, firearms, constitutional law, second amendment, gun control, decision rulesAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 17, 2008 ; Last revised: October 17, 2008
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