Free Lecture - To Trust the People with Arms: The Supreme Court and the Second Amendment

The John E. Sullivan Lecture series presents "To Trust the People with Arms: The Supreme Court and the Second Amendment," featuring Robert J. Cottrol, Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School.

Thursday, October 12, 2023 - 4:30 PM

Ohio State House Atrium
1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215
(also remotely via Zoom)

FREE but registration required.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (select "A friend of the Law School")

This course is approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 2.00 total CLE hours.

In 2007, for the first time in nearly seventy years, the Supreme Court decided to hear a case involving the Second Amendment. The resulting decision in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) was the first time the Court declared a firearms restriction to be unconstitutional on the basis of the Second Amendment.

It was followed two years later by a similar decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago, and in 2022, the Court further expanded its support for Second Amendment rights in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen—a decision whose far-reaching implications are still being unraveled.

Prof. Cottrol's lecture and book of the same name, To Trust the People with Arms, explores the remarkable and complex legal history of how the right to bear arms was widely accepted during the nation’s founding, was near extinction in the late twentieth century, and is now experiencing a rebirth in the Supreme Court in the twenty-first century.

The lecture will include additional commentary from:

Jody Madeira, Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law, Co-Director, Center for Law, Society & Culture, Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Brannon P. Denning, Starnes Professor of Law, Cumberland School of Law.

Moderated by The Honorable Sarah D. Morrison, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

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