Good Law | Bad Law #99 -The real meaning of the Second Amendment: Partisans unite! w/ Joseph Blocher

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Joseph Blocher, a constitutional law expert and Duke Law professor, to discuss the ins and outs of the Supreme Court’s Heller Decision 10 years after the ruling and its impact on arguably the most partisan piece of the Constitution, the Second Amendment.


As partisan lines continue to intensify, we wanted to reevaluate one of the most contentious and controversial issues facing the nation right now, gun control and the role of the Second Amendment. Specifically, we wanted to talk about one of the most impactful legal decisions on the topic a decade after the High Court’s ruling was handed down. In today’s episode, Aaron talks to Joseph about his role as a young associate working on the Heller case and his academic work in the decade since. Joseph explains the scope of the decision as well as what has followed. Aaron and Joseph discuss the Heller case specifically but also consider the general arguments surrounding the Second Amendment and the current political climate.


Joseph is a professor at Duke Law. After graduating from Yale Law School, Joseph started at O’Melveny and Myers in D.C. where he worked closely with attorney and constitutional law expert, Walter E. Dellinger. Through his practice at the firm, Joseph found an interest in the Second Amendment. His principal academic interests include federal and state constitutional law, including the First and Second Amendments, property and legal history. At Duke, his current scholarship addresses issues of gun rights and regulation, free speech, sovereignty, and refugee law. Joseph’s latest book focuses on the Second Amendment and the future of Heller; entitled The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller.  The book is a fascinating and enlightening read that explains the misconceptions about the Second Amendment and aims to shed a positive light on the constitutional aspect of the right and calls on partisans on both sides of the debate to see the Second Amendment in its true light.


To learn more about Joseph, visit his page at

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 To learn more about the Heller decision, visit the Supreme Court’s website at


Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Joseph Blocher