Stephen Halbrook

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Stephen Halbrook is an author and lawyer who is known for his involvement in Second Amendment and gun control litigation.[1][2] He won two cases he argued before the US Supreme Court, Printz v. United States and United States v. Thompson-Center Arms Company He has written several books and articles on the topic of gun control some of which have been cited by other Supreme Court rulings (Heller and McDonald). He has testified before congress on multiple occasions.[3][4][5][6]


Halbrook attended Florida State University, receiving a B.S. Business in 1969 and a PhD in Philosophy in 1972. He then attended Georgetown University, receiving his J.D. in 1978.


Halbrook began as an instructor of philosophy at Florida State University, 1970-72. While in law school at Georgetown he acted as a Law Fellow of Georgetown's Barristers' Council from 1975-77. After completing his law degree he first became an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at George Mason University, 1980-81. In 1974 he moved to Howard University, 1974-79.

Since 1978 he has been an attorney specializing in civil litigation and criminal defense.


Gun Control in the Third Reich. Oakland, CA: The Independent Institute, 2014.

Firearms Law Deskbook: Federal and State Criminal Practice. St. Paul, MN: Thomson/West, 2011. Previous editions with annual supplements by Clark Boardman Callaghan/Thomson/West Group, 1995-2010.

Target Switzerland: Swiss Armed Neutrality in World War II. Rockville Center, N.Y.: Sarpedon Publishers, 1998 (hardback); Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2003 (paperback).

Target Switzerland has been translated into four languages, and won two international awards. [7][8]

The Founder's Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2008.

The Swiss and the Nazis: How the Alpine Republic Survived in the Shadow of the Third Reich. Havertown, Pa.: Casemate Publishers; Gloucestershire, UK: Spellmount Ltd., 2006.

Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms, 1866-1876. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 1998. Updated edition published as Securing Civil Rights (Independent Institute 2010).

That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1984. Reprinted in 1994, 2000 by Independent Institute, Oakland, Ca.

A Right to Bear Arms: State and Federal Bills of Rights and Constitutional Guarantees. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1989.

Defectless Firearms Litigation (edited, with Michael K. McCabe). Washington, D.C.: NRA-ILA, 1984.


  1. ^ John Gibeaut, Bringing Lawyers, Guns and Money, ABA Journal
  2. ^ Marjolijn Bijlefeld, People for and against gun control: a biographical reference, Greenwood Press, 1999, pp. 105-108, ISBN 0313306907, 9780313306907
  3. ^ "Banning Small Metal Firearms and Plastic Firearms," Undetectable Firearms, Hearings Before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Senate Judiciary Committee, 100th Cong., 1st Sess., 57-105 (1987).
  4. ^ "Infringements on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms," Selected Crime Issues: Prevention and Punishment, Hearings before the Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice, House Judiciary Committee, 102nd Cong., 1st Sess., 849-897 (1991).
  5. ^ "Prohibition of Firearms as an Infringement on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, House Judiciary Committee, April 25, 1994, 22 pp.
  6. ^ "Semiautomatic Firearms and the Second Amendment," Assault Weapons, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Senate Judiciary Committee, 101 Cong., 1st Sess., 165-205 (1990).
  7. ^ Stifung für Abendländische Besinnung (Foundation for Western Thought) prize, Zürich, 9 Nov. 2002, which included publication of booklet STAB-Preis 2002 für Stephen P. Halbrook und Angelo M. Codevilla. "'Kontrapunkt zur Diffamierung der Schweiz': Preisverleihung an Stephen Halbrook und Angelo Codevilla," Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 11.11.2002, Nr. 262, S. 27.
  8. ^ Max Geilinger Foundation prize for works contributing to Swiss and Anglo-American culture, Zürich, May 27, 2000, which including publication of booklet Die Schweiz im Visier. "Auszeichnung für Stephen P. Halbrook: Überreichung des Preises der Max-Geilinger-Stiftung," Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 31. Mai 2000, S. 47.

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