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'Gun fight' lecture looks at battle over right to bear arms

Adam Winkler
November 04, 2011

The author of a new book that examines the early history of gun rights and gun control in the United States and weaves together dramatic stories of Second Amendment advocates and gun control lobbyists will speak at the College of Law, Nov. 15.

“Gun Fight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America” is the title of the lecture and the book by Adam Winkler, a professor at UCLA School of Law. The lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m., in the Great Hall. It will be followed by a Q&A session with gun-law expert Alan Korwin, author of "The Arizona Gun Owner’s Guide," and a book signing.

Free tickets to the lecture are available at

Winkler uses the landmark 2008 case, District of Columbia v. Heller, which struck down a law banning handguns in the nation’s capital, as a springboard for his historical narrative. From colonial times to the present day, he takes the reader on a journey of gun rights and restrictions, starting with the founding fathers and continuing through the Wild West, prohibition, the Black Panther movement and the Brady Bill.

Winkler is specialist in American constitutional law whose scholarship focuses, in addition to the right to bear arms, on corporate political speech rights, affirmative action, judicial independence, constitutional interpretation and campaign finance law. He writes for The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post.

For more information about the lecture, contact Emoline Fox at

Janie Magruder,
Office of Communications, College of Law