Recent Books

New book: Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State”

Updated: Firearms Law Deskbook 2014-2015 Edition Released

Updated: That Every Man Be Armed (Revised)

Recently Added

Heller v. DC oral argument, DC Cir. 4/20/15

Henderson v. US - NACDL Amicus Brief

N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n v. Cuomo
- Appeal Brief
- Reply Brief

Shew v. Malloy (Conn.)
- Appeal Brief
- Reply Brief

Heller v. DC (2014-15)
- Appeal Brief
- Reply Brief

Appearance on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

Appearance on "Stossel."

Appearances on Justice with Judge Jeanine
- January 19, 2013
- February 23, 2013

Illinois Supreme Court Argument - Wilson v. Cook Co. AW Ban

Securing Civil Rights: Freedmen, the 14th Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms

The Founders' Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms

CRPA Fd. Amicus Br., Woolard v. MD

NRA Amicus Brief, Millender Search case

CORE Amicus Brief, Peruta v. San Diego

Williams v. MD Cert. Petition
- Reply Brief

Kagen Nomination

Testimony on Judge Sotomayor nomination, Senate Judiciary Committee
- Written Testimony
- Oral Testimony

NRA v. Chicago
- NRA Reply Brief
- Halbrook Podcast
- Brief in McDonald v. Chicago
- Cert. Petition
- Reply to Opposition
- Oral Argument 7th Cir.
- Appeal Brief
- Reply Brief

- Complaint

Heller 2 v. D.C.
- Reply Appeal Brief
- Appeal Brief
- Reply to D.C. Opposition
- Opposition to D.C. Motion

- Summary Judgment Motion
- Complaint

- Justice with Judge Jeanine
- Glenn Beck – Fox News
- Lou Dobbs – CNN
- Conservative Political Action Conference 2009
- Pennsylvania Capitol Rally

Testimony on Eric Holder Nomination, Senate Judiciary Committee

Oral Testimony on Holder

DC v. Heller: Amici Curiae Brief of 55 Senators, the Senate President, & 250 Representatives

Lawsuit against New Orleans gun confiscations from Hurricane Katrina Victims
- Permanent Injunction
- Motion to Hold Mayor in Contempt
- Opposition to Motion to Dismiss
- Order to Return Guns
- Order Denying Motion to Dismiss
- Argument & Ruling from Bench
- Complaint & Motion for Injunction

The Swiss & the Nazis: How the Alpine Republic Survived in the Shadow of the Third Reich
- Read Description
- Buy on

Constitutional Right to Hunt
- Orion Appeal to Virginia Supreme Court

Whether the Second Amendment Secures an Individual Right

Supreme Court Practice


Castillo v. United States
Before the U.S. Supreme Court in
Castillo v. United States

“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, in Shepard v. Madigan, 2014 WL 4825592, *7 (S.D. Ill. 2014).


N.Y.’s not so “SAFE” Act
78 Albany L. Rev. 789 (2015)

The Empire Strikes Back: D.C. Post-Heller
Tennessee Law Review (2014)

Right to Bear Arms in Virginia
Liberty University Law Review (2014)

The Swiss Confederation in the Eyes of America's Founders
SAHS Review (November 2012)

France: No Right to Bear Arms, Registration, Nazi Occupation (2012)

Право народа на хранение и ношение оружия: вторая поправка билля о правах сша
Ukrainian Law Journal (2013)

From Heller to Chicagoland
Northeastern University Law Journal (2011)

The Constitutional Right to Hunt: New Recognition of an Old Liberty in Virginia
William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal (2010)

Heller, the Second Amendment, and Reconstruction: Protecting All Freedmen or Only Militiamen?
50 Santa Clara Law Review 1073 (2010)

“Arms in the Hands of Jews Are a Danger to Public Safety”: Nazism, Firearm Registration, and the Night of the Broken Glass
St. Thomas Law Review (2009)

Nazism, the Second Amendment, & the NRA
Texas Review of Law & Politics (2006)


Wisconsin Supreme Court
Right to Carry Amicus Brief

State Preemption of Local Ordinances, Colorado Supreme Court
Sternberg v. Denver

Constitutional Right to Hunt
- Orion Appeal to Virginia Supreme Court

D.C. Handgun Ban Appeal:
Seegars v. Gonzales

NRA amicus brief in support of privacy rights:
DOJ, BATFE v. Chicago


Stephen Halbrook talked about his book, Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and "Enemies of the State" (2014).

"Citizens in Arms: the Swiss Experience"
Presented in A Question of Balance, International Symposium on Legal, Economic, and Human Rights Implications of Civilian Firearms Ownership and Regulation (Tower of London, May 1-2, 2003).
DVD available.

Research Fellow,
The Independent Institute
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