Public Opinion and the Second Amendment

Journal of Law, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 85-87, 2015

Journal of Legal Metrics, Vol. 4, 2015

George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 15-16

4 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2015 Last revised: 6 Oct 2015

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Nelson Lund

George Mason University School of Law

Date Written: September 9, 2015

Abstract

Gallup polling data going back to 1959 shows a dramatic decline in public support for bans on handguns. This short comment suggests that we may have witnessed an important cultural shift that was driven in part by public policy experiments at the state level. The shift is likely to endure because those experiments proved successful and because of subsequent developments in constitutional law that are consistent with changed public attitudes.

Keywords: concealed carry laws, constitutional law, gun control, handgun bans, public opinion, public polling, Second Amendment

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Lund, Nelson Robert, Public Opinion and the Second Amendment (September 9, 2015). Journal of Law, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 85-87, 2015; Journal of Legal Metrics, Vol. 4, 2015; George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 15-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2658316

Nelson Robert Lund (Contact Author)

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