'The Supreme Court and the Second Amendment'

Luther Emeriti Colloquium is Oct. 12

In 2008, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to possess a firearm that isn't connected to service in a militia for purposes such as self-defense in the home. It made the Washington, D.C. law banning handguns and requiring all lawfully owned rifles and shotguns be kept "unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock" unlawful.

Luther College Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Richard Ylvisaker will look at this case during his presentation at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Mott Room of Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus as part of the Luther Emeriti Colloquium series.The presentation, "The Supreme Court and the Second Amendment," is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Digging deeper into the Supreme Court decision, Ylvisaker will describe the "District of Columbia vs. Heller" case, presenting both the assenting and dissenting opinions involved. He'll also use that to look at the current status of the Second Amendment.

Ylvisaker taught in Luther's philosophy department from 1965-94. He received a Bachelor of Arts in physics and mathematics from Luther in 1950, and garnered a master's degree and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Minnesota.

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