Does the Second Amendment Protect Firearms Commerce?

9 Pages Posted: 1 May 2014 Last revised: 25 Jul 2014

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David B. Kopel

Independence Institute; Denver University - Sturm College of Law; Cato Institute

Date Written: April 11, 2014


The Second Amendment protects the operation of businesses which provide Second Amendment services, including gun stores. Although lower federal courts have split on the issue, the right of firearms commerce is demonstrated by the original history of the Second Amendment, confirmed by the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, and consistent with the Court's precedents on other individual rights.

Keywords: firearms stores, FFLs, Heller

JEL Classification: L68, L83, N40

Suggested Citation

Kopel, David B. and Kopel, David B., Does the Second Amendment Protect Firearms Commerce? (April 11, 2014). Harvard Law Review, Vol. 127, p. 230, 2014, U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-33, Available at SSRN:

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