The Supreme Court's 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller recognized for the first time in our history that individual Americans have a right to gun ownership. Justice Scalia's opinion in Heller is widely regarded as a signal success for his originalist approach to constitutional interpretation. This panel will assess Heller's contribution to the law. How originalist was the opinion? Have the lower courts been faithful in applying Heller to issues outside its narrow holding? Is the Court likely to read Heller broadly or narrowly in the future?
This panel was held on November 18, 2016, during the 2016 National Lawyers Convention in Washington, DC.
Civil Rights: The Second Amendment: Enforcing the Heller Decision
12:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
- Mr. Noel J. Francisco, Partner, Jones Day
- Prof. Nelson Lund, University Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
- Prof. Michael O'Shea, Professor of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law
- Prof. Allan Rostron, University of Missouri - Kansas City Law School
- Moderator: Hon. Raymond M. Kethledge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- Introduction: Hon. Gail Heriot, Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
The Mayflower Hotel