Yale Law Journal. Oct2013, Vol. 123 Issue 1, p82-146. 65p
Second Amendment doctrine is largely becoming a line-drawing exercise, as courts try to determine which "Arms" are constitutionally protected, which "people" are permitted to keep and bear them, and in which ways those arms and people can be regulated. But the developing legal regime has yet to account for one potentially significant set of lines: the city limits themselves. In rural areas, gun crime and gun control are relatively rare, and gun culture is strong. In cities, by contrast, rates of violent gun crime are comparatively high, and opportunities for recreational gun use are scarce. And from colonial Boston to nineteenth century Tombstone to contemporary New York City, guns have consistently been regulated more heavily in cities-a degree of geographic variation that is hard to find with regard to any other constitutional right.