Fordham Law

Nicholas Johnson and George Mocsary '09 Publish First Casebook on Firearms Law

May 31, 2012

Fordham Law Professor Nicholas Johnson and alumnus George A. Mocsary '09 have written the first law school textbook on the Second Amendment and gun control, Firearms Law and theFirearms Law book cover Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights and Policy (Aspen).

With co-writers David B. Kopel and Michael P. O'Shea, Johnson and Mocsary explore the nuances and complexities of the Second Amendment using a neutral approach and incorporating multiple viewpoints. The book provides extensive coverage of federal firearms statutes, state constitutional law, and the relationship between gun policy and America’s troubled history of race relations. It includes not only case law and legal history but also perspectives from social science, criminology, society and culture, and philosophy.

Firearms Law is the only casebook that provides a comprehensive treatment since the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutional right to private firearms in 2008 and extended that right to constrain state action in 2010. From the development of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms through laws governing possession and use of private firearms, the casebook covers all aspects of firearms law, policy, and regulations. In the October 2011 ruling of Heller v. D.C., Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit cited Firearms Law in his dissenting opinion.

The book is available for purchase from Aspen Publishers and Amazon.