Arizona Gun Owener's Guide


Attorney David B. Kopel
Attorney Stephen P. Halbrook, Ph.D.
Alan Korwin

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The most important set of words ever written
about the constitutional guarantee to arms.

44 cases included unedited, 92 cases in all!
(We were stunned that there were so many!)
Everything is described in plain-English

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Arizona Gun Owener's Guide

More than 1,000 highlighted quotations!

Plain English descriptions for every case!

Essays on the significance of the High Court's decisions.

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Get all 96 Supreme Court gun cases in The Heller Case book

The decisions of the Supreme Court are beautifully thought out works of logic and reason (usually).  In exquisite detail, the highest court of the land has interpreted our rights under the Second Amendment—and while some people have taken lately to belittling those freedoms, the High Court has recognized an individual right to arms in America for more than two centuries. The "news" media has it wrong, read the cases and see.

Here's the bottom line: the Supreme Court has recognized an individual right to keep and bear arms, consistently, for 200 years. The Court has upheld the legal tradition and historical record of private individual gun ownership, self defense, and armed self defense, since the country began.

They have not been quiet on the subject, and they have not disparaged individual rights—the days of saying that are now over. The High Court could change its mind of course, but only by rejecting a record built up for hundreds of years. Don't take anyone's word for it any longer—see for yourself what the Supreme Court has said.

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Partial Contents:

"About the Supreme Court's Gun Cases" by Alan Korwin

"The Supreme Court's 35 Other Gun Cases" by David B. Kopel

"Insider's Guide to Winning Gun Cases in Federal Court" by Stephen P. Halbrook

"Gun Guarantees in Individual State Constitutions" by Prof. Eugene Volokh

Complete text of the 44 main gun cases

Relevant excerpts from 48 additional gun cases

Descriptive Index of all 92 Cases (see sample below)

Plain-English summaries of all 92 cases

Supreme Court Gun Cases is a good read thanks to the plain-English gists with each case—you’ve got mutinies, lovers climbing through bedroom windows, Wild West shootouts, mob ambushes, drunken brawls, cattle rustlers, drug busts, family feuds, international criminals—if you threw this much into a novel your agent would say you were nuts. But this is all real!

Typical entry from the Descriptive Index
Alberty v. United States • 1896 • 162 U.S. 499 • p.231
If a husband sees another man trying to get into his wife’s room window at night is it natural for him to investigate further [YES]; Is the husband under a duty to retreat when attacked with a knife under such circumstances [NO]; May the husband use only as much force as is necessary to repel the assault [YES]; If in an ensuing confrontation the husband shoots and kills the other man, then flees, must his flight in and of itself be seen as evidence of his guilt [NO].

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The number of precedents is truly overwhelming."
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Alan Gottlieb, Chairman, Second Amendment Foundation

"While the Supremes have directly acknowledged the Second Amendment
as an individual right, this new book unearths 92 gun-related cases where
the High Court upheld, among other things, armed self-defense of person,
family and community—the heart of the Second Amendment.
The synopsis of the Miller case is the best I have ever read."
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Survivor of Luby's Massacre and Mother

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Supreme Court Gun Cases
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News Media Fact Sheet
General findings

NEWEST CASE DIRECTORY (newest material first)

McDonald v. Chicago, The 2010 Sup. Ct. case that tests "incorporation" --
are individual states obligated to obey the Second Amendment, under
the principles in the 14th Amendment "Due Process" or especially
its "Privileges or Immunities" clause. The Court says "YES," all states
are obligated to obey the Second Amendment, under Due Process
protection (not under P or I). Chicago's total ban on handguns must fall,
and broad principles of liberty should flourish. Chicago subsequently does
everything it can to subvert and avoid the consequence of this decision,
to keep its residents unarmed, and spurs new lawsuits and wrangling.
A truly crucial, landmark case.
Oral argument: March 2, 2010.
Decision issued June 2010.

All official McDonald v. Chicago documents:

BLOOMFIELD PRESS McDonald v. Chicago amicus curiae brief

EYEWITNESS REPORTS from the Supreme Court

Analysis of the oral arguments - fascinating if you enjoy this sort of thing


Supreme Court Gun Cases backgrounder for news media and the public
Descriptive summaries of every gun case (a tremendous resource)

Gun cases 93 to 96 described (Brosseau, Small, Castle Rock, Heller)
(These came out after Supreme Court Gun Cases was published,
and are available in The Heller Case: Gun Rights Affirmed!)

The actual D.C. v. Heller Decision, unabridged (pdf file)

Korwin's D.C. v. Heller Eyewitness Report - PreGame (3/17/08)
Korwin's D.C. v. Heller Eyewitness Report - PostGame (3/18/08)
Korwin's D.C. v. Heller Eyewitness Report - Analysis1 (3/20/08)
Korwin's D.C. v. Heller Eyewitness Report - Wrapup (3/26/08)

Korwin's D.C. v. Heller Eyewitness Report - The Decision Analyzed
(Posted June 26, 2008, the day the decision was released)

Heller Case Photos: 1-PreGame2-HearingDay3-PostGame4-NewsCoverage

D.C. Issues Its New Rules for Gun Owners (pdf files):
New Regs for D.C. Gun Owners, post-Heller
D.C. Police Publicity Flier for Gun Owners (plain English), post-Heller
D.C.'s New Gun Law Word-for-Word, post-Heller

Links to all filings in The Heller case:
D.C. v. Heller Links to all 67 amicus briefs (20 anti-rights, 47 pro-rights) and more (2008)
D.C. v. Heller Links to all official documents from Heller's attorney Alan Gura (2008)
D.C. v. Heller Oral Argument Transcript (3/18/08)
Gura/Levy/Neily website (Heller's attorneys) with links and backgrounders


There are now 107 gun-related USSC cases

Standard for inclusion: If guns are mentioned in any fashion, or if the Second Amendment is mentioned or quoted in whole or in part in a published opinion, the case is included in the tally. Posting date: Nov. 16, 2010.

Allen v. U.S., 1896
Allen v. U.S., (these two Allen cases pre-date Allen, 64 U.S. 492) 1896
Hickory v. U.S., 151 US 303, (murder) 1894
NY v. Quarles, 467 U.S. 649, (Creates an “emergency” exception to Miranda) 1984
U.S. v. Morrison, 529 U.S. 598, (drugs for guns) 2000

The cases above were omitted from the original tally of 92 gun-related cases in SCGC; they were uncovered after the original book’s release. The cases below were decided after the book’s 2003 release date. The first three are included in the subsequent book The Heller Case: Gun Rights Affirmed from Bloomfield Press.

Brosseau v. Haugen, 543 U.S. 194, (Justifiable police use of force) 2004
Small v. U.S., 544 U.S. 385, (No loss of rights from Japanese court conviction) 2005
Castle Rock v. Gonzalez, 545 U.S. 748, (Police have no duty to protect person) 2005
Watson v. U.S., 552 U.S. 74 (drugs for guns) 2007
D.C. v. Heller, 554 U.S. ___, 07-290, (Individual right protected under 2A) 2008
U.S. v. Hayes, 07-608, (Domestic Violence). 2009
AZ v. Johnson, 07-1122, (concerning frisk) 2009
McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. ___, 08-1521, (2A applies to states via Due Process) 2010
Berghuis v. Thompkins, 08-1470,  (Miranda must be verbalized and explicit) 2010
Abbott v. U.S., 09-479, (Minimum §924c sentence for gun with drug crime) 2010

92 cases in Supreme Court Gun Cases, plus these 15, equals 107 total cases.


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