Does the 2nd Amendment prevent meaningful gun-reform legislation?

Does the 2nd Amendment prevent meaningful gun-reform legislation?

ASU law professor says mass shootings are for legislatures, not Supreme Court, to solve Editor’s note: This is part of a series investigating gun violence from many angles . The right to keep and bear arms dates back to America’s Revolutionary War, but millions of Americans are saying it’s time for a change. Activists have been calling for radical gun reform after a rash of recent high-profile mass shootings and are charging that it has become a public safety issue. While their voices have gotten plenty of national media attention, they still might be fighting an uphill battle. In 2008, in a case called District of Columbia v. Heller , the U.S. Supreme Court held, for the first time, that the Constitution’s Second Amendment recognizes an individual right to bear arms that is not tied to service in the military or a state militia. Those who oppose calls for new regulations on the sale or possession of guns often cite this Second Amendment right as a justification and/or reason for their opposition. Does the Second Amendment really stand in the way of meaningful gun regulation in the United States? The answer has not been forthcoming from the Supreme Court, which hasn’t heard a Second Amendment case in almost a decade. ASU Now turned to Paul Bender, a professor of law, constitutional law expert and dean emeritus of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, to find out what it would take to enact major gun reform. Paul Bender Question: […]

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