Magazine January 23, 2012, Issue

Pistol Whipping

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Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America, by Adam Winkler (Norton, 361 pp., $27.95)

District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, the two recent Supreme Court gun cases, resolved a lot of conflicts, but they left a lot of work to be done. Local, state, and federal governments may no longer ban handguns, but they have to decide among other forms of gun control — with the threat of being overruled in court if they go too far. In Gunfight, constitutional-law professor Adam Winkler tells the story of the Second Amendment and makes the case that the Supreme Court did the right thing, both by protecting an individual right to bear arms

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