Before the U.S. Supreme Court in Castillo v. U.S. (2000)

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

Supreme Court Practice

Practice Areas

Gun Control Act/National Firearms Act

  • Firearm technical classifications
  • ATF regulatory compliance
  • FFL warning conferences, license denials,
    and revocations
  • Forfeitures
  • Legal disabilities and restoration of civil rights
  • Criminal defense

State and Local Laws

  • “Assault weapon” restrictions
  • Legal status of firearms
  • Challenging restrictions

Civil and Criminal Cases Litigated >>

Books

Upcoming CLE Seminars

20 Cases Every Lawyer and Gun Owner Should Know,” in Firearms Law: What Every Texas Lawyer Needs to Know, offered by Texas Bar CLE | Webcast September 24-25, 2020 • Webcast replay November 5-6, 2020

Firearms in Virginia,” offered by Virginia CLE | Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Congressional Testimony

Scholarly Articles

Op-Eds & Short Articles

“How Does New York City Get Away with This?” America’s 1st Freedom, July 26, 2020.

“Will the Second Amendment Survive Coronavirus?” National Review, Mar. 30, 2020, and Independent Institute, Mar. 31, 2020.

“What Makes a Gun a Gun?” America’s 1st Freedom, Mar. 23, 2020.

“We Must Remember Our History of Freedom,” America’s 1st Freedom, Mar. 8, 2020.

“Second Amendment Sanctuaries Started in 1774,” American Thinker, Dec. 22, 2019.

“Recalling the Tragic History of Gun Control,” The American Spectator, Sept. 4, 2019.

“Gun Control: The Kristallnacht Version Of ‘Common-Sense Safety,” Investor’s Business Daily, Nov. 15, 2018.

Some of the world’s most powerful banks push policies circumventing Constitution and federal laws, Los Angles Times, Sept. 13, 2018.

The Second Amendment had nothing to do with slavery, Fox News, June 22, 2018.

Time for a History Lesson About Gun Control, TownHall, June 22, 2018.

View More Op-Eds and Short Articles >>

TV Appearances

Radio Interviews

Instagram Updates

This Thursday and Friday (Sept. 24-25, 2020), the This Thursday and Friday (Sept. 24-25, 2020), the Texas Bar CLE is holding a webcast entitled "Firearms Law: What Every Texas Lawyer Needs to Know."  There will be a webcast replay Nov. 5-6, 2020. I will be speaking Friday morning and the title of my lecture is "20 Cases Every Lawyer and Gun Owner Should Know"  (federal and Texas precedents).  Lawyers can earn an MCLE credit of 12 hrs. (2.25 ethics) for this course.  

Register at : http://www.texasbarcle.com/materials/Programs/4041/Brochure.pdf and watch from your computer or mobile device.
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This Thursday and Friday (Sept. 24-25, 2020), the Texas Bar CLE is holding a webcast entitled "Firearms Law: What Every Texas Lawyer Needs to Know."  There will be a webcast replay Nov. 5-6, 2020. I will be speaking Friday morning and the title of my lecture is "20 Cases Every Lawyer and Gun Owner Should Know"  (federal and Texas precedents).  Lawyers can earn an MCLE credit of 12 hrs. (2.25 ethics) for this course.  

Register at : http://www.texasbarcle.com/materials/Programs/4041/Brochure.pdf and watch from your computer or mobile device.
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The U.S. Constitution was signed on this date The U.S. Constitution was signed on this date in 1787 during the Philadelphia Convention.  Two days before it was signed, Noah Webster was asked to write in support of the proposed Constitution.  In response, "he explained why the armed populace would remain sovereign under a constitution with an army but no bill of rights:

'Before a standing army can rule people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe.  The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.  A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.' "

From Webster's "An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution" quoted in The Founders' Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms, p. 177.

Painting: "Signing of the Constitution" by Louis S. Glanzman (1987); Location: Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA
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The U.S. Constitution was signed on this date in 1787 during the Philadelphia Convention.  Two days before it was signed, Noah Webster was asked to write in support of the proposed Constitution.  In response, "he explained why the armed populace would remain sovereign under a constitution with an army but no bill of rights:

'Before a standing army can rule people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe.  The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.  A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.' "

From Webster's "An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution" quoted in The Founders' Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms, p. 177.

Painting: "Signing of the Constitution" by Louis S. Glanzman (1987); Location: Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA
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"If you are not prepared to use force to defend ci "If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.” -  Thomas Sowell
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#2a #2ndamendment #2amendmentrights #2amendmentsupporter #2amendmentmatters #2ndamendmentrights #2ndamendmentright #2ndamendmentsupporter #freedom #righttokeepandbeararms #rtkba #rtba #gunrightsmatter #selfdefense #selfprotection #gunlaws #defendyourself #unarmed #liberty #defendcivilization #barbarism #protectyourself #donttreadonme #rightofthepeople

"If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.” -  Thomas Sowell
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#2a #2ndamendment #2amendmentrights #2amendmentsupporter #2amendmentmatters #2ndamendmentrights #2ndamendmentright #2ndamendmentsupporter #freedom #righttokeepandbeararms #rtkba #rtba #gunrightsmatter #selfdefense #selfprotection #gunlaws #defendyourself #unarmed #liberty #defendcivilization #barbarism #protectyourself #donttreadonme #rightofthepeople
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PARA MEUS SEGUIDORES QUE FALAM PORTUGUÊS:  Estou PARA MEUS SEGUIDORES QUE FALAM PORTUGUÊS:  Estou realmente grato por muitos de vocês terem lido e compartilhado meu livro HITLER E O DESARMAMENTO.  Quero saber se meu livro, CONTROLE DE ARMAS NA FRANÇA OCUPADA PELOS NAZISTAS: TIRANIA E RESISTÊNCIA, fosse publicado em Português, vocês o leriam?  Gostaria muito que sua resposta fosse "sim" ou "não" nos comentários abaixo.

Meus agradecimentos ao @dominickrock , da @nepotistas , por traduzir este post em Português para mim.

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FOR MY PORTUGUESE SPEAKING FOLLOWERS:  I really appreciate that so many of you have read and shared about my book Hitler e o Desarmamento.  

I am interested to know, if my book Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France: Tyranny and Resistance were to be published in Portuguese, would you read it?  I'd appreciate it if you would answer "yes" or "no" in the comments below. 

Many thanks to @dominickrock of @nepotistas for translating this post into Portuguese for me.
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#ww2resistance #ww2 #worldwar2 #nazi #nazigermany #wwii #wwiihistory #nazioccupiedfrance #ww2history #franceguncontrol #gunconfiscation #frenchguncontrol #naziguncontrol #francehistory #nazioccupiedfrance #righttobeararms #gunregistration #guncontrolinnazioccupiedfrance #nazilaws #disarm #francehistory #stephenhalbrook #guncontrol #guncontrolresearch #firearmsregistration #frenchgunowners #portuguesetranslation #frenchresistance #frenchpartisans #bookpoll #nazi

PARA MEUS SEGUIDORES QUE FALAM PORTUGUÊS:  Estou realmente grato por muitos de vocês terem lido e compartilhado meu livro HITLER E O DESARMAMENTO.  Quero saber se meu livro, CONTROLE DE ARMAS NA FRANÇA OCUPADA PELOS NAZISTAS: TIRANIA E RESISTÊNCIA, fosse publicado em Português, vocês o leriam?  Gostaria muito que sua resposta fosse "sim" ou "não" nos comentários abaixo.

Meus agradecimentos ao @dominickrock , da @nepotistas , por traduzir este post em Português para mim.

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FOR MY PORTUGUESE SPEAKING FOLLOWERS:  I really appreciate that so many of you have read and shared about my book Hitler e o Desarmamento.  

I am interested to know, if my book Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France: Tyranny and Resistance were to be published in Portuguese, would you read it?  I'd appreciate it if you would answer "yes" or "no" in the comments below. 

Many thanks to @dominickrock of @nepotistas for translating this post into Portuguese for me.
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#ww2resistance #ww2 #worldwar2 #nazi #nazigermany #wwii #wwiihistory #nazioccupiedfrance #ww2history #franceguncontrol #gunconfiscation #frenchguncontrol #naziguncontrol #francehistory #nazioccupiedfrance #righttobeararms #gunregistration #guncontrolinnazioccupiedfrance #nazilaws #disarm #francehistory #stephenhalbrook #guncontrol #guncontrolresearch #firearmsregistration #frenchgunowners #portuguesetranslation #frenchresistance #frenchpartisans #bookpoll #nazi
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"Self-defense is a part of the law of nature; nor "Self-defense is a part of the law of nature; nor can it be denied the community, even against the king himself." - William Barclay, Scottish jurist (1548-1608)  Quoted in That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right, p. 29.

Illustration: "Woman with a revolver, a lesson in the art of self defence, Ireland, illustration from the magazine The Graphic, volume XXIII, n 584, February 5, 1881."
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"Self-defense is a part of the law of nature; nor can it be denied the community, even against the king himself." - William Barclay, Scottish jurist (1548-1608)  Quoted in That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right, p. 29.

Illustration: "Woman with a revolver, a lesson in the art of self defence, Ireland, illustration from the magazine The Graphic, volume XXIII, n 584, February 5, 1881."
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"Liberty and Independence forever." - Davy Crocket "Liberty and Independence forever." - Davy Crockett (from his last diary entry, March 5, 1836).  

Photo: March 1956: Children "dressed up as the American frontiersman, hunter and soldier Davy Crockett. (Photo by Harry Kerr/BIPs/Getty Images)"
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"Liberty and Independence forever." - Davy Crockett (from his last diary entry, March 5, 1836).  

Photo: March 1956: Children "dressed up as the American frontiersman, hunter and soldier Davy Crockett. (Photo by Harry Kerr/BIPs/Getty Images)"
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#thealamo #alamo #battleofthealamo #texasindependence #1836 #rememberthealamo #davycrockett #alamomission #freedom #independence #donttreadonme #patriot #rtkba #americanheros #americanhero #texashistory #amerianhistory #ushistory #davycrockettquote  #davycrockettquotes  #americanfolkhero #folkheros #frontiersman #kingofthewildfrontier #hunter #vintagephoto #1950sphoto #libertyandindependence #davycrockettdiary #givemeliberty
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"Ballot Initiatives: The Good, The Bad, and the Ug "Ballot Initiatives: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” is the title of my latest article in America’s 1st Freedom (August 2020).  This article is in response to a number of nasty ballot initiatives, from around the country, masquerading as good common-sense reforms. Here is an excerpt from my article, regarding lessons to be learned from this initiative season:

"First, petitions that seek to infringe on Second Amendment rights frequently have topic titles and summaries that are confusing and deceptive. They use propaganda terms, take advantage of tragedies that the proposals would not have stopped, minimize the dramatic harm of the proposals on law-abiding citizens, and fail to disclose key features of the actual text of the initiative."

To read the entire article go to: https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2020/8/31/ballot-initiatives-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/
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#2ndamendment #2a #rtkba #rtba #stephenhalbrook #nramagazine #americas1stfreedom #firearmslaw #guncontrol #gunlaws #righttocarry #righttobeararms #gunrestrictions #gunowners #constitutionalright #2ndamendmentrights #2arights #2arightsmatter #ballotinitiatives #antigunpropaganda #assaultweaponban #assaultweaponsban #riflemagazines #detachablemagazine #commonsensegunreform #assaultweapons #semiautorifle #lawabidinggunowners #gunbackgroundchecks #concealedcarry

"Ballot Initiatives: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” is the title of my latest article in America’s 1st Freedom (August 2020).  This article is in response to a number of nasty ballot initiatives, from around the country, masquerading as good common-sense reforms. Here is an excerpt from my article, regarding lessons to be learned from this initiative season:

"First, petitions that seek to infringe on Second Amendment rights frequently have topic titles and summaries that are confusing and deceptive. They use propaganda terms, take advantage of tragedies that the proposals would not have stopped, minimize the dramatic harm of the proposals on law-abiding citizens, and fail to disclose key features of the actual text of the initiative."

To read the entire article go to: https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2020/8/31/ballot-initiatives-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/
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#2ndamendment #2a #rtkba #rtba #stephenhalbrook #nramagazine #americas1stfreedom #firearmslaw #guncontrol #gunlaws #righttocarry #righttobeararms #gunrestrictions #gunowners #constitutionalright #2ndamendmentrights #2arights #2arightsmatter #ballotinitiatives #antigunpropaganda #assaultweaponban #assaultweaponsban #riflemagazines #detachablemagazine #commonsensegunreform #assaultweapons #semiautorifle #lawabidinggunowners #gunbackgroundchecks #concealedcarry
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Marathon & Triathlon Photos

Reykjavík Half-Marathon, 2019
Reykjavík, Iceland

Jungfrau Marathon, 2004
Jungfrau, Switzerland

Marine Corps Marathon
Washington, D.C.

Alcatraz Triathlon, 2001
San Francisco, California

Berlin Marathon, 2019
Berlin, Germany

Berlin Marathon, 2017
Berlin, Germany