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Section Three

Another Arrow in the Quiver: State Constitutions as Independent Guarantors of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

In recent decades, civil liberties litigators have looked nearly exclusively to the federal constitution for enforcement of constitutional liberties. Often overlooked are state constitutional provisions, particularly those enacted by states to protect their citizens' right to keep and bear arms. Gervase will discuss how some state constitutional right to keep and bear arms provisions may be another way to attack restrictive state and local laws. Litigators may find it easier to use these independent constitutional protections while also contributing to how the U.S. Supreme Court will interpret the federal Second Amendment.

Sarah Gervase
NRA Assistant General Counsel