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November 20, 2008, 05:58 PM
Gun Control on Trial
Inside the Supreme Court Battle over the Second Amendment
"Gun Control on Trial is an essential history made up of equal parts legal theory and personal struggle, presented in page-turning fashion."

-GLENN REYNOLDS
Professor of Law, University of Tennessee
Founder, Instapundit.com


This past June, the Supreme Court decided a question at the heart of one of America's most impassioned debates, ruling that individual citizens have the constitutional right to possess guns. With that decision, the District's handgun ban—one of the toughest and most controversial in the nation—was ended.

In Gun Control on Trial, journalist Brian Doherty tells the full story behind the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller ruling. With exclusive, behind the scenes access throughout the case, Doherty delves into the issues of this monumental case to provide a compelling look at the inside stories, including:

The plaintiffs' fight for the right to protect themselves and their families from violent neighborhoods.
The activist lawyers who worked exhaustively to affirm that right.
The city officials who fought any attempt to give citizens the right to self-defense.
The story of the Heller case stretches back to long before the decision struck down D.C.'s restrictive gun ban and forward to the future of the political and legal battle over gun control in America. Doherty provides clear, concise explanations of the issues and battles that have driven the gun control debate for decades, detailing how the Heller decision is a new starting point for the gun control debate as it passionately and energetically continues in the years ahead.

About the author

Brian Doherty is a senior editor at Reason magazine and Reason.com. He is the author of the books Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement and This Is Burning Man. His articles have appeared in dozens of national publications, and he has appeared as a commentator and analyst on hundreds of TV and radio programs.

View a short video about the Heller case produced by the Cato Institute.

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