“Plain English” Constitutional Law2020-01-23T16:43:03+00:00

“Plain English” Constitutional Law

I’ve practiced in many areas of the law over the last forty years.  By far the most fascinating is Constitutional Law, both as a matter of substantive law and as a testament to the brilliance of the men and women who founded this country as the world’s first democracy. Before 1776, all countries or regions of the world were ruled by monarchs, dictators or other authoritarian figures. Our forebears did something unique in world history.  We were the first.  Our nation has succeeded for nearly 250 years in large part because of our Constitution and its separation of sovereign power.

The last few years, however, have shown how little citizens really understand about our Constitution, as we have seen in debates about immigration, religious freedom, free speech, guns, treason, due process, and presidential powers.  To that end, I from time to time post short “plain English,” neutral/balanced summaries about constitutional and related statutes issues to help inform the public debate, especially among non-lawyers.

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The Second Amendment and Guns, Part II

By |February 2nd, 2020|

The Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) held that Second Amendment protection includes a law-abiding person’s right to possess a firearm for self-defense in the home, if using a weapon in common use at the time for home self defense, in this case a handgun. 

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