This Article examines the modern utility of the Second Amendment’s guarantee of “the right to keep and bear arms” in light of the phenomenon of modern crime, particularly black-on-black violence in urban America. Although many advocates of gun control have argued that crime in modern cities is a reason for modifying or severely truncating the right to have arms, the Authors argue that the right to have arms and the Second Amendment’s notion of a universal militia can be the basis of a new partnership between police and citizens in urban America. This new partnership can, if properly developed, be a useful tool in fighting crime in inner-city communities.
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GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2014-12; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-12
Cottrol, Robert J. and Diamond, Raymond T., In the Civic Republic: Crime, the Inner City, and the Democracy of Arms — Being a Disquisition on the Revival of the Militia at Large (July 2013). Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 45, 2013; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2014-12; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-12. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2430410