Law experts: Constitutional issues often misunderstood in gun, protest and militia debates

Law experts: Constitutional issues often misunderstood in gun, protest and militia debates

The Duke Center for Firearms Law held a virtual roundtable discussion Tuesday. As guns become an increasing part of conflicts around elections, political protests and demonstrations, law experts say many Americans have a fundamental misunderstanding of the legal and constitutional issues around them. The Duke Center for Firearms Law held an online roundtable discussion Tuesday exploring the issue in the wake of the 2020 election, the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and a rising tide of militant extremists that call themselves militias. The forum, moderated by lecturing fellow Jacob Charles of the Duke University Law School, featured law professors Mary McCord of Georgetown University Law Center; Alan Chen of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; and Timothy Zick of the William and Mary Law School. The danger in a misunderstanding of established law with regard to guns was made startlingly clear last month, McCord said, when a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, killing a police officer and leading to scores of injuries. Despite Washington, D.C. not being an “open carry” state, photos and video footage make it clear that many of insurrectionists were armed with guns. Such images have unfortunately become almost commonplace at political protests and ideological clashes all over the country — including in North Carolina, where armed neo-Confederates have in the last few years repeatedly clashed with those protesting Confederate monuments. Even when blatantly flouting local and state gun laws, McCord said, many people will point to the Second Amendment of the U.S. […]

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