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Understanding the Second Amendment

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Course Information

Time 1h 3m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Constitutional

Course Description

Few issues ignite people’s passions as reliably as those involving the application and scope of the Second Amendment. In this course, Ameer Benno, a civil rights and constitutional law attorney, explores the history of the Second Amendment, examines Second Amendment jurisprudence, and identifies the constitutional issues animating current debates about federal, state, and local gun laws.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the history of the Second Amendment, including the policies and political theory that led to its inclusion in the Bill of Rights
  2. Become familiar with landmark Second Amendment jurisprudence, including the Supreme Court’s decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago
  3. Identify the issues involved in the Second Amendment debate, and recognize those issues that remain unsettled
  4. Recognize the landscape of Second Amendment challenges to federal, state, and local gun laws in the aftermath of Heller and McDonald

Credit Information

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Faculty

Ameer Benno

Benno & Associates P.C.

Mr. Benno is an appellate and constitutional law attorney.

He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where he served in both the trial division and the appeals bureau. Upon leaving government service, Mr. Benno worked at a premier civil litigation law firm where he focused on civil rights matters in both state and federal courts. In 2009, Mr. Benno opened his own law practice.

Mr. Benno is admitted to the New York and Connecticut state bars, and is admitted to practice in the federal courts of the Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York as well as the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second and Third Circuit. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

From 2006 through 2012, Mr. Benno was an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where he taught Appellate Advocacy and Legal Reasoning and Writing. Mr. Benno regularly lectures for bar associations and continuing legal education providers on topics having to do with constitutional law, appellate advocacy, and trial practice.

Mr. Benno has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers for the last 8 years in the areas of First Amendment and civil rights law.

Mr. Benno received his B.A. degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University, and his law degree from Cornell Law School.

You can reach Mr. Benno at abenno@ameerbenno.com or at (212) 227-9300. Follow him across social media at @AmeerBenno.

In addition to his membership in professional organizations, Mr. Benno is a civic leader. He is the president of the Merrick-Bellmore Jewish Community Council, the board of directors of the Merrick Jewish Centre, and as a member of the Nassau County Police Commissioner's Community Council for the 19th Legislative District. He is a member of the Nassau County Police Reserves, the Bellmore Kiwanis, the Bellmore Lions Club, and the Bellmore Historical Society. He proudly serves as a First Lieutenant in the JAG Corps of the New York Guard. 

Ameer is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and Cornell Law School. He lives in Bellmore, NY with his wife, Gayle, and three daughters.



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KC
Kathleen C.

Most interesting CLE I've completed thus far. Love the history incorporation.

KM
Karen M.

Excellent presentation

DM
Denise M.

Great Summary of history

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Richard M.

Very interesting historical context and highly informative litany of case law on subject.

SM
Sandra M.

This presentation was packed with a comprehensive history of the 2nd amendment providing much-needed context for a highly controversial subject.

AS
Alexander S.

Very informative, would recommend without reservation!

PB
Paul B.

Great presenter. Fascinating stuff.

FK
Frederick K.

Outstanding presenter and presentation!

RG
Rachel G.

Very good presentation. Lots of information packed into one hour.

PK
Patrick K.

Outstanding!

MB
M Margaret B.

I so appreciate the history behind this amendment. Excellent presentation!

MR
Mary R.

Outstanding presentation in every way.

JG
John G.

Very good & thoughtful

KS
Kathleen S.

OUTSTANDING!

SK
Steven K.

A very nice presentation! Thank you!!!

MF
mark f.

very interesting subject

LH
Linda H.

One of the best speakers- great lecturer; very interesting

MC
Michael C.

Great course! I enjoyed every aspect of it.

RH
Raymond H.

Fantastic Lecture!

AH
Allen H.

Well organized with great detail

AM
Anthony M.

Excellent presentation!

GR
Guy R.

Excellent presenter. Excellent presentation.

DJ
Debra J.

Fabulous presentation on the Second Amendment!

MC
Mark C.

Excellent class. Fascinating history and a great overview of the law.

AA
Amy A.

great historical view in context

NB
Nathaniel B.

Nicely done

KV
Karin V.

Very helpful to have the historical context.

CG
Charles G.

Excellent

JS
John S.

Outstanding presentation of the issues, history and development of the law. The presentation was animated, attention grabbing and holding and makes we want to get to know the presenter!

PB
Paul B.

Excellent session!

PL
P L

Fascinating look at the background and evolution of the 2A.

LM
Lynn M.

Great written materials provided.

MR
Marvin R.

I really liked how he presented the historical background.

KG
Kenneth B G.

One of the best CLE presentations! Very clear and substantive!

AT
Alan T.

Interesting, informative and well presented!

WP
Wendy P.

Good historical summary of a relevant issue.

AL
Amy L.

Loved the historical context

CN
Christopher N.

Great refresher and update on current status.

DB
Derek B.

Great material and presentation!

DK
David K.

One of the best, if not the best, Lawline courses I have taken. Excellent presentation and content!

GD
Gary D.

Excellant program!

TS
Thomas S.

Expert analysis of history and creation of 2nd Amendment.

RB
Robyn B.

Great course on history of second amendment.

LR
Lance R.

Excellent summary of the history and current interpretation!

ES
edward s.

Great

BC
Brian C.

The history survey was an excellent addition to this CLE.

LL
Lucius L.

Amazing overview of the historical background and evolution of second amendment law ... highly recommended!

MB
Melea B.

Excellent overview. Good understanding of history without a political bent.

VR
Vinesh R.

Great presentation.

PM
Patrick M.

This lecture provided an excellent review of Second Amendment law.

PG
P. Sofia G.

Great, engaging knowledgeable presenter. Fantastic materials. A must listen for anyone who wants to understand 2A

HG
Henry David G.

interesting and topical.

WS
William S.

very interesting

JS
Joanna S.

Extremely interesting and useful course.

MF
Michael F.

good info for everycitizen

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ERIC S.

Excellent

RP
Randy P.

Excellent in all ways. The best CLE course I have ever taken since I was licensed in 1976! Thanks.

DB
Douglas B.

Well done.

DW
David W.

One of the best CLE presentations I've heard - good speaker, clear, interesting and full of good content.

KW
Keith W.

One of the best courses I've ever attended!

DB
David B.

Outstanding lecture.

RH
Richard H.

Very informative. Instructor was very knowledgeable.

MM
Matthew M.

Great explanation of the historical roots of the second amendment!

CB
Carla B.

One of my all-time favorite courses at Lawline!

JC
John C.

excellent CLE

MH
M. Henry H.

Excellent job. Benno got the history correct.

LF
Lloyd F.

Excellent program.

DR
David R.

Good post-Heller review of case law.

WM
Walter M.

Both the presenter and materials were very exceptional. Incredible presentation.

DV
David V.

excellent historical perspective

DC
Dwaine C.

Outstanding presentation-clear, concise and on point. As a 40 year practitioner, this is probably the best MCLE program I ever observed.

MW
Mary F W.

Mr. Benno did a fantastic job of creating a context for the Second Amendment and untangling the complexities. He also performed a masterful review of relevant case law.

CC
Carl C.

This was great!

JG
JAMES G.

Very engaging presentation that was a thoroughly fascinating and educational examination of the history and underpinnings of the Second Amendment.

TC
Thomas C.

Excellent

DD
Douglas D.

One i actually liked

EM
Edgar M.

Superb presentation: historical, balanced, excellent at many levels.

PC
Peter C.

Wonderful summary of the law (and history) of the Second Amendment. Concise, rapid but thorough, extra information in the written materials beyond what time permitted, delivered without any evident political leanings in either direction. Highly recommended.

MC
Marvin C.

Outstanding overview of the background leading to the creation of the Second Amendment and the interpretations that have followed. Better than anything I've heard on the topic in the past.

WD
William D.

Awesome!

SE
Steve E.

Exceptional historical and scholarly presentation on the 2nd Amendment.

MA
Martha A.

I really enjoyed the historical introduction and the info overall was great!

MS
Monroe S.

A very good and informative course.

CS
Charles S.

Fascinating. Best thumbnail summary of 2nd Amendment history and jurisprudence I have encountered. Kudos to the practitioner!

BT
Bruce T.

Good historical development of 2nd amendment rights.

HG
Heinz G.

Great job.

CB
Casimir B.

Superb and lucid overview of the 2d Amendment's long history, showing its origin in the English struggle against tyrannical kings. Highly recommended.

RR
Richard R.

Superb presentation -- thank you

RC
Robert Z C.

Amazing history lesson. Thank you. Would like to listen again.

KS
Katherine S.

On a scale of 1 to 4, this program deserves a 5!

RS
richard s.

outstanding

BG
Bryan G.

Excellent presentation!

SG
Santo G.

Excellent speaker and presentation

JH
James H.

Well presented

ND
Nicholas D.

Good program on a very topical subject.

JM
Jane M.

this presenter was excellent

GI
Glen I.

Extremely well presented program!

UC
Ursula C.

Excellent Instructor

MF
Michael F.

Great review of 2d Amendment history & case law.

RB
Roberta B.

Very interesting and informative on historic and legal level

MG
Michael G.

Excellent coverage of this complicated subject. Thanks

KH
Kim H.

Excellent and clear presentation.

AI
Aki I.

Extremely interesting!

AP
Andrew P.

Very informative and interesting course

DW
Derek W.

Enjoyed the presentation

SA
Sharon A.

Very good presentation

SS
SHARON S.

Love this lecture. I want a gun.

JM
Jodi M.

Excellent!

JD
Jeff D.

Fantastic course

JK
James K.

Great presentation!

BE
Benjamin E.

This is one of the better CLEs I watched in a while. The speaker was engaging and informative.

CE
Corey E.

Thank you

EM
Erin M.

Interesting!

BK
Brian K.

Attorney Benno never disappoints!

KD
Kathy D.

Great historical overview

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keith d.

Terrific overview that was cogently developed and presented. Information at a NY paced hour. Almost a Bart Basi !!!

PR
Patricia R.

My favorite class so far.

RK
Richard K.

Really great overview! A superbly prepared outline of the 2A issues.

LH
Lewis H.

Very well done. Great course

CS
christopher S.

terrific presentation

JP
John P.

Excellent discussion of 2A

RM
Ronald M.

Lecturer is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable--both of which help to hold the listener's attention!

RG
Raymond G.

Excellent course and speaker.

JV
Joshua V.

Well presented

RD
Richard D.

excellent overview.

BD
Bobby D.

Very interesting.

LH
Lawrence H.

Simply great.

RB
Russell B.

Highly qualified and effective presenter.

GC
George C.

This was a very interesting and well presented legal and historical review of the Second Amendment. Thanks.

JC
Joshua C.

Excellent Course. Best history and explanation of the development of the relevant law I've seen yet!

JW
James W.

well done

GE
George S E.

Wonderful and timely topic

PN
Paul N.

Presenter Excellent, knew and presented the topic well...

DC
Dennis C.

I just recommended it to a friend.

CW
Carol W.

One of the best lawline presentations.

MM
Mordechai M.

This lecturer is AWESOME!!!!!

SF
Stefanie F.

Excellent program.

ES
Elizabeth S.

This was an especially excellent presentation.

EG
Ethan G.

Fascinating lecture

TS
Thomas S.

great written material reference

KC
Ken C.

This group of courses a must for firearm related cases.

JS
James S.

Excellent. Really covered the history well.

MM
Mark M.

Excellent. Thank you.

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Virginia E.

Great presentation in pulling in all the history and cases.

BO
Brian O.

He did a great job. He managed to get much material covered in just an hour. The historical materials were very interesting.

JS
Judith S.

A wonderful lecture about the Second Amendment.

CH
Craig H.

Ameer does a great job--should have made this 90 minutes to give him more time on the newer cases.

DG
David G.

This was one of the best CLE programs I have taken on Lawline. Mr. Benno is excellent.

JM
James M.

Excellent class!

KN
Ken N.

Well done! I learned a great deal.

TK
Thomas K.

Great presenter. Great materials. Great course!

DM
Derek M.

Outstanding! This guy is a great presenter!

JM
John B. M.

Excellent presentation.

JN
John N.

Terrific course, extremely well presented.

WR
William R.

Good program and instructor

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michael p.

Wow, this was Awesome. I argued these issues in College Debate Class. I did not have the Historical Perspective back then - I wish I had!! Fantastic educational course and well presented - kept me intrigued the whole time.

TO
T. O.

Excellent program --- thank you Mr. Benno!

TL
Thomas A. L.

Very good presentation.

JF
Jose F.

Excellent presentator

NT
Nicolle T.

Another great presentation from this speaker - historical perspective was interesting and informative.

ER
Edward R.

Simply outstanding.

RG
Richard G.

Excellent program. Highly recommended.

LP
Laurie P.

Interesting presentation!

WC
William C.

Excellent presentation

CS
Clarence S.

Excellent Course

QB
Quietta B.

Thanks!

JB
John B.

Very well spoken presenter. I really enjoyed it.

JH
James H.

Fascinating subject, great presentation.

MV
Michael V.

very articulate and knowledgeable speaker. helped distill a hot button issue for this area - rural Southwest VA - into a comprehensive and thorough analysis through case law and the history surrounding it going back to 1600 - something I wasn't expecting but added perspective to the issue. Thank you!

PW
Penny W.

Good presentation, and exceptional written materials.

SC
Scott C.

Great program and speaker

SB
Susan B.

great seminar

JB
Jennifer B.

appreciate the materials!

PE
Paul E.

Excellent presentation and presenter.

MB
Melissa B.

Very helpful program. The speaker was really great. He spoke at a perfect pace.

LE
Linda E.

Great. Just what I needed.

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