KEY FEATURES • A brief introduction to the U.S. judicial system and to the public policy dimension of judicial decisions provides context for the material. • Criminal and regulatory laws are presented with contrasting views on various contemporary public policy issues, including assault weapons, hate crimes, stand your ground laws, police use of deadly force, and much more. • A question for debate and learning objectives appear at the beginning of each chapter. The debate format features contemporary topical issues that engage students and ask them to consider various points of view. • Brief essays introduce students to each debate and put the issue into context to help students understand how policy issues arise in criminal justice and law. • Summaries of the positions follow the debate sections to ensure students have a clear understanding of the contrasting arguments. • “You Decide” exercises and discussion questions appear at the end of each debate to give students the opportunity to apply what they read to new and novel situations.

Constitutional Restrictions: Assault Weapons

Constitutional Restrictions: Assault Weapons

2.1 constitutional restrictions: Assault weapons

Should Possession of Assault Weapons Be Prohibited, or Are These Weapons Protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the two competing interpretations of the Second Amendment.
  • Know the holdings in District of Columbia v. Heller, McDonald v. Chicago, and Caetano v. Massachusetts.
  • Understand the legal issues involved in regulating firearms.
  • Comprehend the basic characteristics of an assault weapon.
  • Know the arguments for and against prohibiting possession of assault weapons.

Oppose Assault Weapons

Judge Robert B. King, dissenting, Kolbe v. Hogan, 813 F.3d 160

Judge Frank Easterbrook, majority opinion, Friedman v. Highland Park, 784 F.3d 406 (7th Cir. 2015)

Support Assault Weapons

Judge Frank Manion, dissenting, Friedman v. Highland Park, 784 F.3d 406 (7th Cir. 2015)

Judge William Traxler, majority opinion, Kolbe v. ...

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