he meaning of the second amendment (“2A”) continues to be the subject of much heated debate. 217 years after the 2A was ratified, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS” or “the court”) finally settled whether the 2A protects an “individual right” to keep and bear arms for self-defense.
Over the course of a few posts, I will summarize how the SCOTUS reached its decision in the D.C. v. Heller case in 2008 and other important 2A cases. In the process, readers should have a better understanding of important 2A precedent and interpretations. This first 2A post will focus on the Heller court’s analysis of the 2A and limitations on the 2A.