We would like to announce a major update to a book by our e-zine contributing editor, Harwood Loomis. The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association case, closely followed by the federal Bipartisan Safer Communities Act of 2022 (S. 2938) significantly changed the legal landscape regarding carry permits in several states in the U.S., and established for the first time that the right to keep and bear arms exists outside the home as well as within the home.

In order to make these new documents available along with all the preceding ones, Mr. Loomis has revised and expanded his book, The Right To Keep And Bear Arms: A Collection Of Historical Documents Relating To The Second Amendment. Due to the size of the new documents, the new, revised edition has now been split into two volumes. Volume 1 covers documents from the Magna Carta through the end of the twentieth century, while Volume 2 covers the twenty-first century.

The change to two volumes also allowed the editor to restore the appendix to the 1982 Congressional report on the second amendment, as well as the dissents in the Heller and McDonald decisions, which were omitted from the first edition to save space and reduce the page count. Members who previously purchased the first edition only need to buy Volume 2 to obtain all the new documents.

Both volumes are available in paperback from Amazon:

Harwood put a tremendous amount of work into compiling these books. If you have ever been in a discussion about the right to keep and bear arms and wished you had a place to look up what an historical document actually said, these books are for you. For example, Amazon is selling used copies of the 1982 Congressional report for $18. Together, the documents collected by Mr. Loomis encompass essentially the entire history of the right to keep and bear arms, all in a single (now 2-volume) package. We are not aware of any other single source for all of the documents included in these two books.