The 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution is one sentence long and reads “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Any U.S. gun legislation must meet this constitutional standard, but there’s debate about exactly what it means. Join University of Dayton Law professors Thomas Hagel and Jeff Schmitt for an overview of the 2nd Amendment that addresses the historical context, Supreme Court rulings, current legal arguments, and legislation. Find out how gun control groups, gun rights groups, and the courts interpret the right to bear arms, and get your questions answered by legal experts.
Professor Emeritus Thomas Hagel is a Master of the Bench of the local American Inn of Court as well as Acting Judge for the Dayton Municipal Court. A commissioner on the Montgomery County, Ohio, Veterans’ Service Commission, he represents members of Disabled American Veterans. Professor Hagel is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Training Trial Advocates.
Professor Jeff Schmitt's research explores issues of state power within our federal system. His has written extensively on Article IV of the Constitution, including the Property Clause, Full Faith and Credit Clause, and Fugitive Slave Clause.