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Podcasts: McDonald v. City of Chicago

Continuing our series of five-minute podcasts on oral argument days, we have two new podcasts below with counsel in McDonald v. City of Chicago (08-1521), in which the Court will consider whether the Second Amendment’s individual right to keep and bear arms should be incorporated against state and local government through either the Privileges or Immunities Clause or the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.  Because the approaches to incorporation are so different, and more than fifty amicus briefs were filed in the case, we are including five podcasts to capture the full scope of argument.

For the petitioners, their counsel:

Alan Gura of Gura & Possessky, PLLC, counsel to the Second Amendment Foundation

The Second Amendment Foundation’s brief is here.

In support of the petitioners, arguing for incorporation through the Privileges or Immunities Clause:

Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute

The amicus brief of the Cato Institute and Pacific Legal Foundation is here.

In support of the respondents, arguing against incorporation:

Charles Dyke of Nixon Peabody LLP, representing the Board of Education of the City of Chicago, the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church of Chicago, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, et al.

The amicus brief for the Board of Education of the City of Chicago et al. is here.

In support of the respondents, arguing for incorporation through the Due Process Clause (if at all):

Leonard Niehoff of Butzel Long, PC, representing the Anti-Defamation League

Note: See 2:47 of this podcast for the argument on the Due Process Clause.

The Anti-Defamation League’s amicus brief is here.

In support of neither party, arguing that the Court should consider the public interest in gun control laws:

Jon Lowy of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

The Brady Center’s amicus brief supporting neither party is here.

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