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Liberal Law Profs Back Right to Own Guns

Posted May 7, 2007 8:21 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Several liberal law professors are concluding that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms.

Scholarship by Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe and others has changed the debate over gun rights, according to an article by Adam Liptak in the New York Times.

Their work culminated in a March decision by a federal appeals court that overturned a gun control law. The decision is at odds with those by nine federal appeals courts.

Previously Tribe had argued the Second Amendment protects only the collective right of the states to form militias. His new view “came as something of a surprise to me, and an unwelcome surprise,” he told the newspaper.

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