OCU Professor discusses evolution of the Second Amendment

Alex Roberts

Assistant Editor —


An Oklahoma City University professor discussed the development of the Second Amendment in modern times during the Constitution Day event in the Student Center main dining hall on Sept. 15.

Michael P. O’Shea, professor and associate director of the Center for State Constitutional Law and Government at Oklahoma City University’s School of Law, spoke during a meeting of the Midwest City Rotary Club.

The title of his speech was “On Conserving the Constitution.”

Michael O'Shea

O’Shea focused on “the ebb and flow of institutional practices with respect to the right to bare arms” and explored other sections of constitutional law.

O’Shea spoke in detail about the history and development of the Second Amendment alongside the growing American culture and how the government, both locally and nationally, has handled scrutiny about it.

“I think the real lesson from the career of the right to keep and bare arms is: populous dynamic, combined with the development of strong historical and legal arguments,” O’Shea said.

After talking about the past, O’Shea explained what kind of impact the Second Amendment makes in today’s world.

“Over the past 25 years…permit-based handgun carrying has swept the nation,” O’Shea said.

He said the permit system has been “a great success.”

O’Shea said the issue of the right to keep and bare arms in modern times is “a process that is inherently open-ended.”

According to okcu.edu, O’Shea is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and a nationally recognized expert on firearms law and the Second Amendment right to keep and bare arms.



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