Academy of Lifelong Learning

Gun Control and the Second Amendment - Session 2

James Astrachan


Mondays, October 31 – November 28 (four weeks) Please note later start date.

*No classes the week of Thanksgiving.

4:15 – 5:45 pm



In 2008, the legal landscape was drastically reshaped by the United States Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller. Yet scholars, gun opponents, and gun proponents argue over gun rights and gun restrictions. Legislatures in Maryland, New York and Connecticut passed laws that opponents have challenged on constitutional grounds. Federal circuit courts have reached different legal conclusions in their efforts to examine these laws. How did America reach this point, and where did gun rights and gun restrictions begin? What role did racism play in gun control? What regulations may be constitutionally permissible? This four- session course will examine these issues and more.