by Jon Guze
Senior Fellow, Legal Studies, John Locke Foundation
The John Locke Foundation is sponsoring this year’s Campbell Law Review Symposium, which is called, “Heller After Ten Years.” The organizers have assembled an all-star list of panelists, including Alan Gura, David Kopel, Glenn Reynolds, and Campbell’s own Greg Wallace. From the brochure:
Ten years after the Supreme Court’s landmark but controversial decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, the nature and scope of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms still is uncertain when it comes to a multitude of gun laws. With few exceptions, lower courts have treated Heller not as precedent to be followed, but a decision to be distinguished, narrowed, or avoided before approving almost any legislative restriction on the right to arms. …
The symposium will examine a wide range of issues facing the lower courts since Heller, including the proper analytical framework for deciding Second Amendment cases, whether lower courts have given proper deference to Heller’s recognition of the individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense, the extent to which the Second Amendment protects certain persons, such as felons and the formerly mentally ill seeking restoration of their right to arms, and how Heller applies to restrictions on public carry and bans on “assault weapons.”
The symposium kicks off with a dinner panel tonight and five more panels tomorrow. Anyone interested in the 2nd Amendment law and the future of gun control in America should make an effort to attend!