Telling Miller's Tale
11 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2007
The case of United States v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174 (1939), is often cited in gun-control arguments and arguments over the meaning of the Second Amendment. In this Article, we take a close look at Miller, and the arguments made before the Supreme Court. When the decision is read closely and the arguments available (and not available) to the Court are taken into account, the decision is best understood as leaving open the opportunity for courts to adopt the Standard Model reading of the Second Amendment. What Miller plainly does not do is deny that an individual's right to keep and bear arms is protected by the Second Amendmentthe holding ascribed to it by most federal
courts since 1939.
Keywords: miller, firearms, second amendment, aymette, andrews, guns
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