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Citizen Gun Rights: Incorporating the Second Amendment Through the Privileges or Immunities Clause

66 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2008 Last revised: 26 Oct 2009

Kenneth A. Klukowski

Liberty University - School of Law

Date Written: October 23, 2009

Abstract

After District of Columbia v. Heller, the next question the Supreme Court must address regarding the right to keep and bear arms is whether the Second Amendment is incorporated to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. The Court should incorporate the Second Amendment through the Privileges or Immunities Clause instead of the Due Process Clause. Current due process jurisprudence would create significant legal and public policy difficulties if the Second Amendment were incorporated through the Due Process Clause. The Court should therefore obviate those problems by incorporating through the Privileges or Immunities Clause. Contrary to common misconceptions, the Second Amendment could be incorporated through Privileges or Immunities without overruling the Slaughter-House Cases, because the right to keep and bear arms is a right inhering to federal citizenship.

Keywords: Second Amendment, incorporation, Fourteenth Amendment, Privileges or Immunities Clause, guns, firearms, civil rights

Suggested Citation

Klukowski, Kenneth A., Citizen Gun Rights: Incorporating the Second Amendment Through the Privileges or Immunities Clause (October 23, 2009). New Mexico Law Review, Vol. 39, p. 195, November 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1290584

Kenneth A. Klukowski (Contact Author)

Liberty University - School of Law ( email )

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Lynchburg, VA 24502-2269
United States

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