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Stephen Halbrook

3925 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 403, Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 352-7276, protell@aol.com, www.stephenhalbrook.com

Stephen HalbrookStephen Halbrook has been engaged in civil litigation and criminal defense since 1978, particularly regarding constitutional issues involving Federalism and Bill of Rights guarantees. Represents firearm associations, manufacturers, importers, and owners in administrative, civil, and criminal proceedings under federal, state, and local law, including ATF compliance.

Member of Virginia State Bar, District of Columbia Bar, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals – all circuits, other federal courts. Testified in Senate and House Judiciary Committees, U.S. Congress, including on nominations of Eric Holder and Sonia Sotomayor.

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (1978); Florida State University, Ph.D. Philosophy (1972). Assistant Professor of Philosophy 1972-81, George Mason University, Howard University, Tuskegee Institute. Fellow, The Independent Institute.

Supreme Court cases: Argued Castillo v. U.S., 530 U.S. 120 (2000); Printz v. U.S., 521 U.S. 898 (1997); U.S. v. Thompson/Center Arms Co., 504 U.S. 505 (1992). Co-counsel in Small v. U.S., 544 U.S. 385 (2005). Counsel for amici curiae 55 Senators, the Senate President, and 250 Representatives in D.C. v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008). Co-counsel for NRA in McDonald v. Chicago, 130 S.Ct. 3020 (2010).


Firearms Law Deskbook: Federal and State Criminal Practice (Thomson/West 2014).

Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and "Enemies of the State" (2013).

The Founders' Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms (2008). Cited in McDonald v. Chicago.

Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms, 1866-1876 (1998). New Edition: Securing Civil Rights (2010). Cited in McDonald v. Chicago and DC v. Heller.

That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right (1984, New Ed. 2013).

A Right to Bear Arms: State & Federal Bills of Rights & Constitutional Guarantees (1989).

The Swiss and the Nazis: How the Alpine Republic Survived in the Shadow of the Third Reich (2006). Also published in German and French.