The U.S. Supreme Court’s Seminal Decision in District of Columbia v. Heller: Has It Changed the People’s Second Amendment Right to Own a Gun?

A headline in September 2012 read, “Gun Range to Let Shooters Take Shots, and Knock Them Back, Too.” The article pertains to a couple’s decision in Georgia to open a new gun range where they also serve alcohol.1 Though the catchy headline helps sell newspapers, the body of the article makes it clear that anyone drinking alcohol at this range cannot drink and then shoot. The business will have safeguards to separate the two. Obviously, this is why gun laws exist: to protect the public.

Gun sales are on the rise. Federal Bureau of Investigation records show that background checks for buyers of firearms and explosives across the United States rose 96 percent between 2002 and 2011, and 14 percent between 2010 and 2011 alone.