Law Professor Greg Wallace co-authors 3rd edition of firearms law casebook

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RALEIGH — Campbell Law School Professor Greg Wallace is co-author of recently released 3rd edition of the casebook  Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy (Aspen, Wolters Kluwer), which is used in several law school classes on firearms law.

“It also functions as a treatise for academics, practitioners and anyone else interested in this subject,” Wallace said.

Other co-authors are Nicholas J. Johnson, David B. Kopel, George A. Mocsary and Donald E. Kilmer. The textbook is supplemented by seven additional online chapters, which will be published shortly. The textbook and online chapters offer more than 2,240 pages of cases, commentary and other materials.

Wallace recently co-authored two blog posts on the Volokh Conspiracy discussing amicus briefs filed in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the first major Second Amendment case in the United States Supreme Court in almost a dozen years. Oral argument in the case was held on Nov. 3.

The first blog post examined corpus linguistics and the meaning of the Second Amendment. The second post discussed social science evidence relating to carrying firearms outside the home. Both posts drew from material in the textbook.

According to the textbook website, new to the 3rd edition is the following content:·

  • Important cases and new regulatory issues since the 2017 2nd edition, including public carry, limits on in-home possession, bans on types of arms, non-firearm arms (like knives or sprays), Red Flag laws and restoration of firearms rights
  • Expanded social science and criminological data about firearms ownership and crimes
  • Deeper coverage of state arms control laws and constitutional provisions
  • Extended analysis of how Native American firearm policies and skills shaped interactions with European-Americans, provided the tools for three centuries of resistance, and became a foundation of American arms culture
  • The latest research on English legal history, which is essential to modern cases on the right to bear arms

The website also states that professors, students and practicing lawyers will benefit from the following in the latest edition of the textbook:

  • Practical advice and resource guides for lawyers, like early career prosecutors or defenders, who will soon practice firearms law
  • Five chapters on the diverse approaches of lower courts in applying the Supreme Court precedents in Heller and McDonald to contemporary laws
  • Historical sources that shaped, and continue to influence, the right to arms

Wallace, who is celebrating 26 years at Campbell Law, teaches constitutional law with an emphasis on the right to arms, free speech and religious freedom. He serves on the North Carolina Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. His writings have been published in several law reviews, including the Tennessee Law Review, Florida State Law Review and Penn State Law Review.

Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,200 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2021, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and a dozen years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.