A Return to the States’ Rights Model: Amending the Constitution's Most Controversial and Misunderstood Provision

49 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2014

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

This Article seeks to return to the intent of the Symposium, which was to stimulate a meaningful dialogue on the modern Second Amendment. More specifically, it proposes a return to the states’ rights model that predated the Supreme Court’s narrow decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago by using the Article V process set forth directly in the Constitution to address modern concerns about firearms. The proposal flows from a healthy skepticism about the role of the federal government in interpreting gun regulations, as well as a desire to avoid the inevitable follow-up decisions from a very fractured and often unpredictable Supreme Court.

Keywords: constitutional law, second amendment, guns, firearms, gun ownersip, states' rights, legal history

JEL Classification: K19, R59, N4

Suggested Citation

Penrose, Meg Mary Margaret, A Return to the States’ Rights Model: Amending the Constitution's Most Controversial and Misunderstood Provision (2014). Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 46, No. 4, p. 1463 (2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2510924

Meg Mary Margaret Penrose (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University School of Law ( email )

1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
United States

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