Civil and Human Rights

McDonald v. Chicago: The Case and the 2nd Amendment


Monday, April 5, 2010
4:00 pm
American Constitution Society

On March 2, 2010, the Supreme Court heard arguments for McDonald v. City of Chicago, on the issue of whether—and, if so, how—the Constitution protects against state infringement of the individual right to keep and bear arms recognized by the Court last year in District of Columbia v. Heller. While the case has largely been billed as a Second Amendment case, it could have broad implications for individual rights, including strengthening the foundation of cases like Roe v. Wade and Lawrence v. Texas.

The panel will feature guests Joshua Horwitz, Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Elizabeth Wydra, Chief Counsel of Constitutional Accountability Center, and Alan Gura, of Gura Possessky, who is the lead attorney for McDonald and argued the case before the Supreme Court. The panel will be moderated by Maryland Law Professor Richard Boldt.

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