The Second Amendment as Ordinary Constitutional Law

10 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2014 Last revised: 11 Jun 2014

Date Written: June 2014


In recent years, the Second Amendment has gone from a subject of scholarly and political debate with no real judicial role, to a clearly established individual right that is being enforced in lower courts. This Essay, the foreword to a forthcoming Tennessee Law Review symposium on the Second Amendment, explores how that happened, and what is likely to come next.

Keywords: Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Second Amendment, right to bear arms, keep and bear arms, firearms

Suggested Citation

Reynolds, Glenn Harlan, The Second Amendment as Ordinary Constitutional Law (June 2014). Tennessee Law Review, Vol. 81, p. 409, 2014, University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 244, Available at SSRN:

Glenn Harlan Reynolds (Contact Author)

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