The Legal History of 'Dangerous or Unusual Weapons'
8 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2015 Last revised: 7 Nov 2015
Date Written: October 17, 2015
The phrase “dangerous or unusual weapons” has long been used by American courts to justify prohibiting possession or carrying of particular classes of weapons. Examination of the history of this phrase shows it was neither as ancient nor as broadly prohibitive as many assume. Analogies to First Amendment case law suggest that the authority of the government may be more limited than D.C. v. Heller (2008) indicates.
Keywords: firearms, weapons, Second Amendment
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