Federal Circuit Second Amendment Developments 2018

7 LMU Law Review 21 (2020)

62 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2019 Last revised: 9 Mar 2020

See all articles by David B. Kopel

David B. Kopel

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

Joseph Greenlee

The Heartland Institute; Firearms Policy Coalition; Millennial Policy Center

Date Written: March 9, 2020


This Article analyzes federal circuit court Second Amendment cases decided in 2018. The federal circuits delivered mixed decisions on magazine bans, extended their split on whether bearing arms in public places is a viable constitutional right, upheld California’s ban on new model handguns, upheld New York City’s prohibition on taking handguns out of the city, and upheld the federal ban on purchasing handguns outside one’s state of residence. As in previous years, all challenges to the various categories of persons statutorily prohibited from exercising Second Amendment rights were rejected. The Fifth Circuit turned aside the claim that licensed carry at public colleges violates the Second Amendment, while the Ninth Circuit oversaw the demise of a handgun and self-defense ban in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Keywords: Second Amendment, Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal

JEL Classification: K14, K23, K41

Suggested Citation

Kopel, David B. and Kopel, David B. and Greenlee, Joseph, Federal Circuit Second Amendment Developments 2018 (March 9, 2020). 7 LMU Law Review 21 (2020), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3312935

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