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ADVISORY: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America

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Contact: Katie Peters
Phone: 202.741.6285

Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday the Center for American Progress will host a discussion to examine the constitutional right to bear arms in an era when Americans are increasingly concerned that terrorists and other potentially threatening individuals can easily purchase guns legally.

Bob Carpenter, vice president of American Viewpoint, and Adam Winkler, author of The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America and professor of law at UCLA School of Law, will join Faiz Shakir of the Center for American Progress Action Fund for a discussion around whether it is possible to increase the safety of Americans in light of opposition to gun ownership restrictions.

In 2008 the Supreme Court found that there is a constitutional right to own guns, and it concurred that the government has the right—and responsibility—to protect its citizens with reasonable restrictions designed to keep Americans safe from gun violence. For the last several decades, however, the leadership of the National Rifle Association has mounted vigorous opposition to any effort to restrict gun ownership and has had some success in weakening federal and state protections.


Featured speakers:
Bob Carpenter
, Vice President, American Viewpoint
Adam Winkler
, Author, The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America; Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Moderated by:
Faiz Shakir, Vice President and Editor of ThinkProgress, Center for American Progress Action Fund


Wednesday, October 19, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
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