Academy of Lifelong Learning

GUN CONTROL AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT

GUN CONTROL AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT

Social Science

 

James Astrachan

 

Fridays, September 8 – October 13 (six weeks)

4:15 – 5:45 pm

Lecture/Discussion

 

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 course will examine these issues and more.

JIM ASTRACHAN is a practicing lawyer and a long-time adjunct law professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law. He successfully represented amici curiae in the recent challenge to Maryland’s Firearms Safety Act of 2013.