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Understanding the Second Amendment

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Course Information

Time 63 minutes
Difficulty Beginner
Categories 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

Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP

An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, Ameer Benno litigates civil rights and personal injury matters for Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP. Ameer takes great pride in seeking justice for those who have been injured by the wrongdoing of others. His personal injury cases include premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, product liability, and construction accident cases. In his civil rights practice, Mr. Benno champions the rights of individuals who have been subjected to governmental abuses of authority. These cases range from police misconduct matters to prisoner rights cases, from unjust conviction claims to employment discrimination matters.

Ameer began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the esteemed Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where he served for several years in both the trial division and the appeals bureau. Upon leaving government service, Mr. Benno worked at premier civil litigation law firms where he focused on representing plaintiffs in personal injury and civil rights matters in both state and federal courts.

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 to the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits. 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 trial practice, civil rights litigation, Constitutional law, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Benno has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and has been named a New York Metro Super Lawyer every year since 2012 in the area of civil rights law. Mr. Benno has also been selected for membership in the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as one of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys.” These are invitation-only organizations composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state who meet stringent qualifications. Mr. Benno is rated 10.0, the highest rating given, by the online lawyer rating service Avvo.com.

Ameer serves on the Civil Rights Committee, Federal Courts Committee, and Appellate Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. He is a member of the National Police Accountability Project, the First Amendment Lawyers Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (where he chairs the Civil Right Committee), and the Brooklyn Bar Association. He sits on the board of directors of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and is vice president of the Nassau Lawyers’ Association of Long Island.

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 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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Amy A.

great historical view in context

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Nathaniel B.

Nicely done

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Karin V.

Very helpful to have the historical context.

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Charles G.

Excellent

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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!

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P L

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

LM
Lynn M.

Great written materials provided.

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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!

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Alan T.

Interesting, informative and well presented!

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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!

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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!

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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

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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!

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JAMES G.

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

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Thomas C.

Excellent

DD
Douglas D.

One i actually liked

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Richard R.

Superb presentation -- thank you

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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!

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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

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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 !!!

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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.

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Bobby D.

Very interesting.

LH
Lawrence H.

Simply great.

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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

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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.

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Mordechai M.

This lecturer is AWESOME!!!!!

SF
Stefanie F.

Excellent program.

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Elizabeth S.

This was an especially excellent presentation.

EG
Ethan G.

Fascinating lecture

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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.

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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!

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John B. M.

Excellent presentation.

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John N.

Terrific course, extremely well presented.

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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.

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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.

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Richard G.

Excellent program. Highly recommended.

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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.

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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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