The 2nd Amendment at the Supreme Court: "700 Years of History" and the Modern Effects of Guns in Public

Event Date
King Hall Room 1001

Friday, October 1, 2021, King Hall Room 1001

The symposium will address the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Ass'n v. Bruen regarding concealed carry permits and the Ninth Circuit’s recent en banc decision in Young v. Hawaii. The Young panel upheld a Hawaii law barring the open carry of handguns in public without a license after conducting a detailed analysis of “more than 700 years of English and American legal history” to determine that the government has always had the power to regulate arms in the public square. 

Together, these cases directly address the question that the Supreme Court left open in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008): To what extent does the Second Amendment protect an individual right to keep and bear arms outside of the home? These cases also call on the Court to re-examine the legal history and modes of analysis employed in Heller, with the benefit of over a decade of new historical and linguistic scholarship. The symposium will offer a unique opportunity to weigh in on important questions about the Second Amendment, its history, and its coverage in advance of what will likely be a landmark Supreme Court decision.

While it is our hope that the symposium be held in person, there is a possibility that we may have to hold the symposium virtually. Should the symposium be held in person, all attendees are required to be fully vaccinated to comply with the University of California vaccine mandate.

Contact us with any questions at (530) 754-7644 or


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Faculty Advisor

Professor Carlton Larson
UC Davis School of Law

Principal Staff

Tyler Szeto
Senior Symposium Editor
UC Davis Law Review, Vol. 55

Vannalee Cayabyab
Senior Symposium Editor
UC Davis Law Review, Vol. 55