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28 U. Miami Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 405 (2020-2021)
Circumscribing the Right to Bear Arms: The Second Amendment, Gun Violence, and Gun Control in California and Mississippi

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By Fahim A. Gulamali*
The United States occupies a unique position amongst countries around the
world when it comes to gun rights. While the United States is one of three
countries that provides its people the constitutional right to bear arms, it is
the only country that has more guns per capita than residents. Further,
because of the saturation of guns in the United States, the country
significantly leads in the amount of gun-related homicides than any other
developed nation. Nevertheless, state legislatures have circumscribed gun
rights within the bounds of the Second Amendment to the United States
Constitution to curb gun violence. This note weighs California and
Mississippi's gun control laws against rates of gun violence in the respective
states. Using critical race theory, the paper concludes that while there is a
direct correlation between stricter gun control laws and lower gun violence,
gun violence disproportionately affects Black Americans. These findings are
grounded in social, historical, political, and constitutional analyses.
* J.D. Candidate, Class of 2021, University of Miami School of Law; B.A. 2014, Wake
Forest University. A special thank you to my family for supporting me in all my
endeavors. This is Note is particularly dedicated to individuals who have directly and
indirectly been affected by gun violence.

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