Before the U.S. Supreme Court in Castillo v. U.S. (2000)

“Stephen Halbrook is an attorney with extensive knowledge of the historical underpinnings of the Second Amendment and practical knowledge of litigating in this rapidly evolving area of law. His writings include topics as diverse as Gun Control in the Third Reich and The Founders’ Second Amendment, and he was heavily involved in Heller and McDonald.”

– U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan
Shepard v. Madigan, 2014 WL 4825592, *7 (S.D. Ill. 2014)

Supreme Court Practice

Practice Areas

Gun Control Act/National Firearms Act

  • Firearm technical classifications
  • ATF regulatory compliance
  • FFL warning conferences, license denials,
    and revocations
  • Forfeitures
  • Legal disabilities and restoration of civil rights
  • Criminal defense

State and Local Laws

  • “Assault weapon” restrictions
  • Legal status of firearms
  • Challenging restrictions

Civil and Criminal Cases Litigated >>

Books

Congressional Testimony

Scholarly Articles

Op-Eds & Short Articles

TV Appearances

Radio Interviews

Instagram Updates

Instagram post 2195801887174135873_8257969936 "The great body of our citizens shoot less as times goes on. We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving peace in the world... The first step – in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come – is to teach men to shoot!" – President Theodore Roosevelt.

On this day in 1906, Roosevelt became the first American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. (For negotiating peace in the 1904-5 Russo-Japanese war and also for arbitrating a dispute with Mexico.) Photo: Theodore Roosevelt, 1909
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"The great body of our citizens shoot less as times goes on. We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving peace in the world... The first step – in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come – is to teach men to shoot!" – President Theodore Roosevelt.

On this day in 1906, Roosevelt became the first American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. (For negotiating peace in the 1904-5 Russo-Japanese war and also for arbitrating a dispute with Mexico.) Photo: Theodore Roosevelt, 1909
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Instagram post 2195089703045658607_8257969936 "A man's rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box." - Frederick Douglass
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"A man's rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box." - Frederick Douglass
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Instagram post 2192906793531790983_8257969936 Slavery and involuntary servitude were abolished by the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on this date in 1865.  However, even though ex-slaves were granted citizenship, they did not automatically receive rights such as the right to bear arms.  It would take the passing of the 14th Amendment, 3 years later, for the ex-slaves right to bear arms, and other fundamental rights, to be safeguarded.  To read more on this topic, see my book Securing Civil Rights: Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms.
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Slavery and involuntary servitude were abolished by the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on this date in 1865.  However, even though ex-slaves were granted citizenship, they did not automatically receive rights such as the right to bear arms.  It would take the passing of the 14th Amendment, 3 years later, for the ex-slaves right to bear arms, and other fundamental rights, to be safeguarded.  To read more on this topic, see my book Securing Civil Rights: Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms.
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Instagram post 2192172398382634761_8257969936 "The laws of the ancient English kings proscribed violent acts with arms, from brandishing to murder, but recognized as rightful the mere possession and carrying of arms.  The laws of Alfred (871-899) prohibited fighting or drawing a weapon in the king's hall, lending a weapon with evil intent to another for purposes of murder, the use of a sword polisher of another's weapon to commit a crime, and disturbing a public meeting by drawing a weapon. The Laws of Cnut (1020-1023) not only considered armed self-defense a right and duty, fining those who failed to follow the hue and and cry, but also directed that 'if anyone illegally disarms a man, he is [to] compensate him with healsfang, a fine. Unlike later feudal game legislation, under Cnut 'every man is to be entitled to his hunting in wood and field on his own land.' "  From That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right, pgs. 37-38.
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"The laws of the ancient English kings proscribed violent acts with arms, from brandishing to murder, but recognized as rightful the mere possession and carrying of arms.  The laws of Alfred (871-899) prohibited fighting or drawing a weapon in the king's hall, lending a weapon with evil intent to another for purposes of murder, the use of a sword polisher of another's weapon to commit a crime, and disturbing a public meeting by drawing a weapon. The Laws of Cnut (1020-1023) not only considered armed self-defense a right and duty, fining those who failed to follow the hue and and cry, but also directed that 'if anyone illegally disarms a man, he is [to] compensate him with healsfang, a fine. Unlike later feudal game legislation, under Cnut 'every man is to be entitled to his hunting in wood and field on his own land.' "  From That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right, pgs. 37-38.
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Instagram post 2190723997484847316_8257969936 Yesterday I attended oral argument in NYSRPA v. City of New York at the U.S. Supreme Court. On the merits, the issue is whether the City's ban on transporting an unloaded, inaccessible handgun outside the home to a shooting range outside the City or a second home violates the Second Amendment.  The City revised its law to try and moot the case, and most of the argument focused on that issue.  The revised law still contains onerous restrictions.  This is the first Second Amendment case argued before the Court since 2010.

Photo: At the Supreme Court with my colleague, attorney Chuck Michel @chuck_michel
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#shootingrange #righttotravel #hellervsdc #nycguncase #gunrightscase

Yesterday I attended oral argument in NYSRPA v. City of New York at the U.S. Supreme Court. On the merits, the issue is whether the City's ban on transporting an unloaded, inaccessible handgun outside the home to a shooting range outside the City or a second home violates the Second Amendment.  The City revised its law to try and moot the case, and most of the argument focused on that issue.  The revised law still contains onerous restrictions.  This is the first Second Amendment case argued before the Court since 2010.

Photo: At the Supreme Court with my colleague, attorney Chuck Michel @chuck_michel
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Instagram post 2190002339019077490_8257969936 Families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can move forward in their lawsuit against Remington Arms Co., because the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition to review the decision of the Connecticut's high court.  Such denial is not a "ruling" by the Supreme Court as it says nothing on the merits. 
This podcast, "The U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Sandy Hook Families’ Lawsuit against Remington Arms" (11/27/19), is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play or on the Legal Talk Network website at: legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/2019/11/the-u-s-supreme-court-ruling-on-sandy-hook-families-lawsuit-against-remington-arms/
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Families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can move forward in their lawsuit against Remington Arms Co., because the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition to review the decision of the Connecticut's high court.  Such denial is not a "ruling" by the Supreme Court as it says nothing on the merits.
This podcast, "The U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Sandy Hook Families’ Lawsuit against Remington Arms" (11/27/19), is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play or on the Legal Talk Network website at: legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/2019/11/the-u-s-supreme-court-ruling-on-sandy-hook-families-lawsuit-against-remington-arms/
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Instagram post 2186378492835469879_8257969936 American Puritans did not believe in wasting time on frivolous activities.  However unlike most moderns, they valued the productivity of hunting and fishing. Marksmanship competitions were esteemed along with running and wrestling.  In 1679 John Richardson wrote, "Victory is the Mark that skill aims at; skill of hand, strength of body, and courage of mind do make a compleat champion."
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American Puritans did not believe in wasting time on frivolous activities.  However unlike most moderns, they valued the productivity of hunting and fishing. Marksmanship competitions were esteemed along with running and wrestling.  In 1679 John Richardson wrote, "Victory is the Mark that skill aims at; skill of hand, strength of body, and courage of mind do make a compleat champion."
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Marathon & Triathlon Photos

Reykjavík Half-Marathon, 2019
Reykjavík, Iceland

Jungfrau Marathon, 2004
Jungfrau, Switzerland

Marine Corps Marathon
Washington, D.C.

Alcatraz Triathlon, 2001
San Francisco, California

Berlin Marathon, 2019
Berlin, Germany

Berlin Marathon, 2017
Berlin, Germany