95 Marq. L. Rev. 359 (2011-2012)
Where Angels Tread: Gun-Free School Zone Laws and an Individual Right to Bear Arms

handle is hein.journals/marqlr95 and id is 361 raw text is: WHERE ANGELS TREAD: GUN-FREE SCHOOL
ZONE LAWS AND AN INDIVIDUAL RIGHT TO
BEAR ARMS
In separate opinions issued in 2008 and 2010, the United States
Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
guarantees an individual right to bear arms. For as lengthy as those
opinions were, however, the justices only briefly dealt with possible limits
to that right. Both decisions provided that their holding would not
invalidate longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by
felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in
sensitive places such as schools and government buildings.
This Comment argues that the uncertainty about the scope of the
Second Amendment right has hardly been tempered by the Court's
limiting language and that federal and state laws criminalizing the
possession of loaded handguns within 1000 feet of schools might be in
danger. The Comment further argues that the utility of gun-free school
zone laws has been hampered and that lawmakers should consider
necessary changes in light of potential legal challenges as well as recent
legislative actions. These recommended changes would penalize the
discharge but not the possession of a handgun within 1000 feet of schools,
while they would also eliminate the requirement in current statutes that the
individual know that he is within a school zone before punishment can be
meted out.
I. INTRODUCTION       ..................................................360
II. THE STATE OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND THE COURTS
AFTER HELLER AND MCDONALD       ..............................365
A. Heller and McDonald and the Changing Second
Amendment Jurisprudence   .........................366
B. Court Decisions After Heller and McDonald...........................369
III. THE FIRST AMENDMENT AS A BLUEPRINT FOR EVOLVING
SECOND AMENDMENT JURISPRUDENCE ...................374
IV. THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF GUN-FREE SCHOOL ZONE
LAWS AFTER HELLER AND MCDONALD ...................381
A. The Development of Gun-Free School Zone Laws.................384
B. The Second Amendment Protection for an Individual's
Right to Carry a Loaded Weapon Within 1000 Feet of a
School ....................................    .....390

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