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WHOSE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS? THE

SECOND AMENDMENT AS A SOURCE OF INDI-
VIDUAL RIGHTS

CONGRESS

BEFORE THE

HEARING GIBRARY OF CONG

MAY 24.999
SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE CONSTITUTION,.tu
FEDERALISM, AND PROPERTY RIGHTS

OF THE

COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY

UNITED STATES SENATE
ONE HUNDRED FIFTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

ON
EXAMINING THE INTENT OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT OF THE CON-
STITUTION, WHICH PROVIDES THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS

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COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY

ORRIN G. HATCH, Utah, Chairman
STROM THURMOND, South Carolina PATRICK J. LEAHY, Vermont
CHARLES E. GRASSLEY, Iowa

EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts
ARLEN SPECTER, Pennsylvania

JOSEPH R. BIDEN, JR., Delaware
FRED THOMPSON, Tennessee

HERBERT KOHL, Wisconsin
JON KYL, Arizona

DIANNE FEINSTEIN, California
MIKE DEWINE, Ohio

RUSSELL D. FEINGOLD, Wisconsin
JOHN ASHCROFT, Missouri

RICHARD J. DURBIN, Illinois
SPENCER ABRAHAM, Michigan

ROBERT G. TORRICELLI, New Jersey
JEFF SESSIONS, Alabama

MANUS COONEY, Chief Counsel and Staff Director

BRUCE A. COHEN, Minority Chief Counsel

SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE CONSTITUTION, FEDERALISM, AND PROPERTY RIGHTS

JOHN ASHCROFT, Missouri, Chairman
ORRIN G. HATCH, Utah

RUSSELL D. FEINGOLD, Wisconsin
SPENCER ABRAHAM, Michigan

EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts
STROM THURMOND, South Carolina ROBERT G. TORRICELLI, New Jersey
FRED THOMPSON, Tennessee

PAUL CLEMENT, Chief Counsel
MICHAEL OʻLEARY, Minority Chief Counsel

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Ashcroft, Hon. John, U.S. Senator from the State of Missouri ..........
Feingold, Hon. Russell D., U.S. Senator from the State of Wisconsin .............
Hatch, Hon. Orrin G., U.S. Senator from the State of Utah .............
Torricelli, Hon. Robert G., U.S. Senator from the State of New Jersey

CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF WITNESSES
Statement of Hon. Bob Smith, U.S. Senator from the State of New Hamp-

shire ................ ..

Statement of Charlton Heston, president, National Rifle Association of Amer-

ica, Beverly Hills, CA; accompanied by Wayne LaPierre, executive vice

president, National Rifle Association of America, and Stephen Halbrook,

counsel ...............

Statement of Dennis A. Henigan, general counsel, Handgun Control, Inc.,

and director, Legal Action Project, Center To Prevent Handgun Violence,

Washington, DC ................................................................................................

Panel consisting of Joyce Lee Malcolm, professor of history, Bentley College,

Waltham, ; Carl T. Bogus, professor of law, Roger Williams University

School of Law, Bristol, RI; Robert J. Cottrol, professor of law and history,

George Washington University, Washington, DC; Robert J. Spitzer, profes-

sor of political science, Suny Cortland, Cortland, NY; Stephen P. Halbrook,

Fairfax, VA; and Eugene Volokh, professor of law, University of California,

Los Angeles, School of Law, Los Angeles, CA

ALPHABETICAL LIST AND MATERIAL SUBMITTED

Ashcroft, Hon. John:

Prepared statement of Hon. Rod Grams, U.S. Senator from the State

of Minnesota

Article: Duke Law Journal, “The Second Amendment and the Personal

Right to Arms,” by William Van Alstyne, dated April 1994 ........

Bogus, Carl T.:

Testimony .....

Prepared statement.

Letter to Senator Ashcroft from David J. Steinberg, dated Sept. 30,

1998 .....

Cottrol, Robert J.:

Testimony ....

Prepared statement

Article: The Yale Law Journal, “The Fifth Auxilliary Right,” by Rob-

ert J. Cottrol and Raymond T. Diamond, Volume 104, dated Janu-

• ary 1995 ...

Halbrook, Stephen P.:

Testimony .........

Prepared statement .......

Henigan, Dennis A.:

Testimony ...........

Prepared statement

Heston, Charlton:

Testimony

Prepared statement

LaPierre, Wayne: Testimony ...............

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