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Podcast: The Second Amendment and gun rights

October 20, 2016 by NCC Staff


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This week, We the People continues its series on “The Candidates and the Constitution,” in which the statements and proposals of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are compared to the text and history of the Constitution. (Listen to previous episodes on Article II, Article III, Article V, and the First Amendment.)

We turn now to the Second Amendment, which states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Clinton and Trump have taken positions on several proposals relating to gun rights and regulation, including a “no-buy” list for terrorism suspects, background checks for buyers, and assault weapon bans. There is also a great deal of interest in how the fundamental right of gun ownership will be protected or threatened with the appointment of new Justices to the Supreme Court.

Joining We the People to discuss the Second Amendment and the 2016 presidential campaign with guest host Tom Donnelly are two leading scholars and advocates.

Joseph Blocher is Professor of Law at the Duke University School of Law, where he specializes in constitutional law.Alan Gura is a private attorney specializing in appellate litigation. Alan argued two key Second Amendment cases, District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, at the Supreme Court.

This show was engineered by Jason Gregory and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen. Special thanks to Tom Donnelly for hosting this week.

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