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Justices consider expanding gun rights

January 22, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

For the first time since it gave broad new constitutional protection to individuals’ gun rights more than a decade ago, the Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to consider expanding those rights outside of one’s own home. 

Five items Congress deleted from Madison’s original Bill of Rights

December 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

When James Madison spoke to the First Congress he proposed nearly 20 amendments as a Bill of Rights, and not the 10 we all know about. So what did Congress delete from the final list that was ratified by the states?

Judge extends 3-D gun blueprint ban until case is resolved

August 27, 2018 By NCC Staff

A federal judge in Seattle has issued a preliminary national injunction blocking a website from offering 3-D-printer gun blueprints until the case is resolved in court.

Supreme Court bypasses new claim about gun rights

May 15, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Continuing its pattern of refusing to clarify the gun rights that are protected by the Second Amendment, the Supreme Court has turned aside a claim that gun merchants have their own constitutional right to sell firearms. 

Interactive Constitution: The Second Amendment’s meaning

February 19, 2018 By NCC Staff

In this essay from the National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution project, scholars Nelson Lund and Adam Winkler look at the Second Amendment’s origins and the modern debates about it.

Supreme Court Justices allow ban on high-capacity guns

November 27, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

With the nation reaching record levels of mass shootings, the Supreme Court on Monday allowed the state of Maryland to continue to enforce one of the nation’s strictest bans on high-capacity rifles and ammunition clips.

Podcast: The Second Amendment and gun rights

October 20, 2016 By NCC Staff

Joseph Blocher of Duke University and attorney Alan Gura discuss how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may enforce or undermine the right to bear arms.

State Judge: Congress trusts the public to handle assault rifles

October 18, 2016 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, Constitution Daily’s Supreme Court correspondent, examines a court decision in Connecticut related to the liability of a gun maker for the Sandy Hook shootings.

Constitution Check: Might the Supreme Court overrule its own gun rights ruling?

September 22, 2016 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, Constitution Daily’s Supreme Court correspondent, examines the future of a 2008 Supreme Court decision recognizing, for the first time, an individual right under the Second Amendment to have a gun for personal use.

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