Reason Supreme Court Preview: Does the Second Amendment Apply to the States?


Tomorrow morning the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in McDonald v. Chicago, the landmark case that will decide "Whether the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is incorporated as against the States by the Fourteenth Amendment's Privileges or Immunities or Due Process Clauses." To celebrate this historic event, we take a look back at Reason's coverage of both the Chicago gun case and its wider implications for the future of constitutional law.

Getting the 14th Amendment Right. The Chicago gun case and the fight for economic liberty. By Damon Root.

The NRA Muscles into McDonald v. Chicago. "Gun nuts" battle "Constitution nuts" at the Supreme Court, by Brian Doherty.

Laboratories of Repression. We don't let the states "experiment" on the First Amendment. Should the Second Amendment receive any less respect? By Damon Root.

Does the Second Amendment Apply in Chicago? Understanding the stakes in the Supreme Court's next gun rights case. By Damon Root.

Killing Slaughterhouse. Understanding the controversial 1873 decision at the heart of the Supreme Court's upcoming gun rights fight. By Brian Doherty.

From Guns to Butter. How a Second Amendment case can help restore economic liberty. By Jacob Sullum.

The Supreme Court Takes on Guns, Again. Heller lawyer Alan Gura revived the Second Amendment. Can he do the same for the 14th? By Brian Doherty.

Heller Ain't No Bad Place to Be. Second Amendment hero Alan Gura continues the legal fight for gun rights. Interview by Brian Doherty.

The Second Amendment and the States. Why the Supreme Court should strike down Chicago's handgun ban. By Damon Root.

Life After Heller. More lawyers, more guns, some nunchuks, and the 14th Amendment. By Brian Doherty.

Restoring the Privileges or Immunities Clause. Why the 14th Amendment matters in the fight for a free society. By Damon Root.