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Stephen Halbrook is a lawyer who is known for his involvement in Second Amendment and gun control litigation. He won two cases he argued before the US Supreme Court, Printz v. United States and United States v. Thompson-Center Arms Company He has written several books and articles on the topic of gun control some of which have been cited by other Supreme Court rulings (Heller and McDonald). He has testified before congress on multiple occasions.
Halbrook attended Florida State University, receiving a B.S. Business in 1969 and a PhD in Philosophy in 1972. He then attended Georgetown University, receiving his J.D. in 1978.
Halbrook began as an instructor of philosophy at Florida State University, 1970-72. While in law school at Georgetown he acted as a Law Fellow of Georgetown's Barristers' Council from 1975-77. After completing his law degree he first became an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at George Mason University, 1980-81. In 1974 he moved to Howard University, 1974-79.
Since 1978 he has been an attorney specializing in civil litigation and criminal defense.
Gun Control in the Third Reich. Oakland, CA: The Independent Institute, 2014.
Firearms Law Deskbook: Federal and State Criminal Practice. St. Paul, MN: Thomson/West, 2011. Previous editions with annual supplements by Clark Boardman Callaghan/Thomson/West Group, 1995-2010.
Target Switzerland: Swiss Armed Neutrality in World War II. Rockville Center, N.Y.: Sarpedon Publishers, 1998 (hardback); Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2003 (paperback).
The Founder's Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2008.
The Swiss and the Nazis: How the Alpine Republic Survived in the Shadow of the Third Reich. Havertown, Pa.: Casemate Publishers; Gloucestershire, UK: Spellmount Ltd., 2006.
Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms, 1866-1876. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 1998. Updated edition published as Securing Civil Rights (Independent Institute 2010).
That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1984. Reprinted in 1994, 2000 by Independent Institute, Oakland, Ca.
A Right to Bear Arms: State and Federal Bills of Rights and Constitutional Guarantees. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1989.
Defectless Firearms Litigation (edited, with Michael K. McCabe). Washington, D.C.: NRA-ILA, 1984.
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