The Unconstitutionality of Unfinished Receiver Bans

2022 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y Per Curiam 9

19 Pages Posted: 3 May 2022 Last revised: 16 May 2022

Date Written: March 27, 2022

Abstract

Several states have enacted legislation limiting the ability of citizens to obtain, own, or use unfinished firearm receivers and other firearm precursor parts. However, the use of firearm precursor parts has been prevalent since the founding, and so may have been anticipated during the drafting of the Second Amendment. Using the two-step Second Amendment framework adopted by the Circuit Courts, interpreted in light of Supreme Court precedent, this paper analyzes the extent to which the Second Amendment protects the right to utilize unfinished receivers and other firearm precursor parts.

Keywords: law, Second Amendment, constitutional law, firearms, technology, law and technology

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

McWilliam, Jamie, The Unconstitutionality of Unfinished Receiver Bans (March 27, 2022). 2022 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y Per Curiam 9, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4077174 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4077174

Jamie McWilliam (Contact Author)

Harvard University, Law School ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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