Firearm Permits

TitleFirearm Permits
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsFunke, MB, Funke, RD, Greer, S, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractThe Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” The United States Supreme Court has addressed this right several times in the past in cases such as United States v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174 and District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, which helped provide some of the guiderails under which most Second Amendment legislation is approached, but some matters remain undecided. For instance, while outlawing handguns was found unconstitutional, the court signaled that states should generally give some latitude in how they license and regulate guns, within constitutional boundaries. Massachusetts in particular has drawn some fire over the manner in which it has enacted regulations on the licensing of firearm use and according to some analysts has enacted one of the most restrictive licensing regimes in the country.
Notes©2018 Association for Practical and Professional Ethics   Case from the 2018 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Regional Competition