The main question was whether Second Amendment rights extend beyond the home.

Deseret News reports:

University of Utah debate tackles long-disputed questions of Second Amendment rights

Is the Second Amendment right to own and bear firearms only limited to the home?

That was the question posed at the 36th Annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate recently at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law.

“This is a very difficult issue. I think we can all agree that there are no easy answers,” said debate moderator and U. law professor RonNell Andersen Jones.

She said a committee chooses the debate’s topic each year from issues that impact people’s lives.

“We always try to choose a topic that is interesting legally and interesting to the broader population,” she said. “Gun rights hits the sweet spot on both of those things.”

Across the nation, and especially in a state like Utah, she said there’s a deep cultural divide about gun rights.

“This issue is not just legal. It’s cultural and personal and individual, and so people are very vested in it,” she said.

At the debate, Duke University law professor Darrell Miller — who argued that Second Amendment rights should be limited to someone’s home or property — and University of Wyoming College of Law professor George Mocsary — who argued the right to bear arms goes beyond where someone lives — sparred about the long-contested issue.

Miller said the 2008 Supreme Court case of District of Columbia v. Heller guaranteed law-abiding citizens the right to have an operable handgun in the home for the purpose of self-defense.


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