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Originalism Is One Reason Why America Has Such a Gun Problem

Originalism Is One Reason Why America Has Such a Gun Problem

One of the worst “originalist” decisions was about guns, back in 2008. This term, it might get even worse.

BY JILL FILIPOVIC, SLATE

This is part of How Originalism Ate the Law, a Slate series about the legal theory that ruined everything.

By the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its decision in United States v. Rahimi, a case in which a man subject to a domestic violence restraining order says he has a constitutional right to keep his gun and that a federal law disarming abusers violates the Second Amendment. The court will also decide Garland v. Cargill, a challenge to a law classifying semiautomatic weapons equipped with bump stocks as machine guns because they enable automatic fire.

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