Bruen: History, Ethics, and the Future of Second Amendment Jurisprudence

March 06, 2024 • 12:30 PM • Law School 3037

Under the Supreme Court's 2022 decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen, the constitutionality of a modern gun regulation depends upon whether a court finds the regulation to comport with history and tradition. But Bruen's novel test raises important and pressing questions. How should judges approach a historical record that may be incomplete or misleading because of the way it was compiled? Is it possible to offer publicly intelligible legal reasons for decisions within Bruen's historical-analogical framework? Join Professor Darrell A. H. Miller and Andrew Willinger, Executive Director of the Duke Center for Firearms Law, as they engage these questions and chart the future course of Second Amendment jurisprudence. And look out for their insightful essays on these topics in the Duke Law Journal Online. Sponsored by the Duke Center for Firearms Law and Duke Law Journal. RSVP by March 1, 2024 at For more information, please contact Lydia Culp at