Right to carry and the Second Amendment

Many gun advocates suggest that they have a constitutional “permit” or right to take guns out of the home and into a variety of public spaces, including schools. Patrick Charles, a noted scholar with the US Air Force provides a historical analysis of the alleged “right to carry” in this legal article and explains why this history matters for the current day.

The Faces of the Second Amendment Outside the Home, Take Two: How We Got Here and Why It Matters by Patrick J. Charles

As the Governor of Texas put it in his statement sent to the Texas state legislature: “There is no doubt that to the universal habit of carrying arms is largely to be attributed the frequency of homicides in this State. I recommend that this privilege be placed under such restrictions as may seem to your wisdom best calculated to prevent the abuse of it. Other than in a few of the frontier counties there is no good reason why deadly weapons should be permitted to be carried on the person.” Scholar Patrick Charles discusses the historical background to today’s “concealed carry” weapons debate including the prior positions of southern states on this topic.

Historical Thoughts on the Evolution of Firearms Regulations in the Late Nineteenth Century by Patrick J. Charles