Second Amendment Penumbras: Some Preliminary Observations

17 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2011 Last revised: 10 Nov 2011

Date Written: August 14, 2011


With the Second Amendment now a working part of the Bill Of Rights in the wake of the Supreme Court's decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, this brief Essay examines the likely extent of penumbral rights under the Second Amendment, as well as the possible effect on unenumerated rights of an enforceable right to arms.

Keywords: second amendment, right to arms, keep and bear arms, guns, firearms, penumbras, griswold

Suggested Citation

Reynolds, Glenn Harlan, Second Amendment Penumbras: Some Preliminary Observations (August 14, 2011). University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 162, Available at SSRN: or

Glenn Harlan Reynolds (Contact Author)

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