Law 697 - Gun Control
J.D. New York University, 1993
M.A. UCLA (Political Science), 1998
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.
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.