What Will the Supreme Court Say About Second Amendment Issues and How Will Society Respond?

Frank Vandall, Emory University

Though the lower federal courts have generally rejected the notion that the Amendment protects individuals in owning firearms, the Supreme Court's statements so unilluminating that the contending sides (states' or collective right v. individual right) interpret them to diametrically opposite effect. The 2001 decision of a lower federal court embracing the individual right theory may prompt the Supreme Court to at last resolve the controversy. But a final resolution by the Court will likely consume many years. In the meantime, tens of thousands will die each year because of gun violence.

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Updated 05/20/2006