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Highlands

The Supreme Court, The Right to Bear Arms and Original Intent

In his presentation, Professor Lasser will explore this important subject in the context of the Second Amendment and the growing number of challenges to legislation imposing restrictions on gun rights. Does originalism live up to its billing?

The Supreme Court, The Right to Bear Arms and Original Intent
The Supreme Court, The Right to Bear Arms and Original Intent

Time & Location

Aug 05, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Highlands, 348 S 5th St, Highlands, NC 28741, USA

About the Event

Debate about constitutional interpretation has been ongoing since 1803 when the Supreme Court in Marbury v. Madison ruled that it had the power to declare a law unconstitutional. Over more than two hundred years, the same constitutional text has been construed to yield diametrically opposite results. Compare Plessy v. Ferguson with Brown v. Board of Education, only one among many examples. If the constitutional text is unchanged, how do you explain the interpretive ebb and flow? According to one school of thought, these interpretive swings are due to the predilections and whims of individual judges. Critics of this phenomenon argue that the interpretive focus should be on the text of the constitution and original intent underlying the text. Only through this approach – “originalism” in today’s legal parlance – can an unelected Supreme Court’s proper role be brought into alignment with the other branches of government – both federal and state. In his presentation, Professor Lasser will explore this important subject in the context of the Second Amendment and the growing number of challenges to legislation imposing restrictions on gun rights. Does originalism live up to its billing?

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