Michael C. Dorf


Proponents of the "individual right" interpretation of the Second Amendment frequently contend that those who disagree with this view apply a double standard, dismissing robust protection for individual firearms ownership and possession, while recognizing rights with less support. However, the Second Amendment has not been unfairly orphaned. The courts and commentators that reject the individual right scholars' claims are justified in doing so by the application of the same criteria commonly applied to other constitutional provisions, namely: doctrine; text; original understanding; structural inference; post adoption history; and normative considerations.

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