Law 697 - Gun Control

Adam Winkler

Adam Winkler

Professor of Law
B.S.F.S Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1990
J.D. New York University, 1993
M.A. UCLA (Political Science), 1998
Twitter: @adamwinkler
UCLA Faculty since 2002
Course Description:

This seminar will focus on the right to keep and bear arms.  We will examine the philosophical and historical origins of the arms right; the controversy over the original meaning of the Second Amendment; the right to bear arms jurisprudence under state constitutional law; the reasoning and implications of the landmark Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller; and the various issues of firearms policy currently being considered in the courts.

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course students will be able to:

1. interpret and apply case law, statutes, and regulations to determine how a court might resolve a dispute involving the right to bear arms;

2. provide thoughtful advice to policymakers on the pros and cons of particular legislative proposals in the area of gun policy;

3. research, analyze, and write a persuasive paper on a topic of gun policy.