Professor Brownstein Writes for The Hill About 'Price' of Second Amendment Rights

In a May 30 opinion piece in The Hill headlined “The price of rights matters,” Professor Emeritus Alan Brownstein writes about newly renewed debates on the nature and scope of Second Amendment rights in the wake of the horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

“The price we as a society are willing to pay for (rights) has limits,” Brownstein points out in the piece. “At some point, the price or cost of the right becomes too expensive for our society to bear.”

To this end, Brownstein writes, “it is difficult to argue that the costs of protecting access to assault rifles and large ammunition magazines is not a relevant and arguably controlling factor to consider in determining what the Second Amendment protects today.”

Professor Brownstein, a nationally recognized constitutional law scholar, taught Constitutional Law, Law and Religion, and Torts at UC Davis School of Law for more than 30 years. Before his retirement from full-time teaching, he held the Boochever and Bird Endowed Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality.

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