Lethality, Public Carry, and Adequate Alternatives
24 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2016
Date Written: April 2016
This Article explores the relationship between lethality and the right to bear arms, and considers how that relationship might be shaped by the availability of non-lethal alternative weapons. Prior scholarship has asked whether the Second Amendment includes a right to carry non-lethal “Arms.” An important set of related questions remains: does the Second Amendment necessarily include a right to arm oneself publicly with lethal force, if non-lethal alternatives are available? And how should one evaluate the adequacy of those alternatives?
Keywords: guns, Second Amendment, First Amendment, smartguns, firearms, constitution, constitutional law, Bill of Rights, adequate alternatives, nonlethal, weapons
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