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Mark Anthony Frassetto

Deputy Director, Second Amendment History and Scholarship

Mark is a scholar of Second Amendment history and law and the Anglo-American History of gun regulation.

As Deputy Director of Second Amendment History and Scholarship at Everytown Law, Mark focuses on developing the historical and scholarly record supporting the constitutionality of gun regulation.  Mark’s work makes up much of the Originalist defense of gun laws under the Second Amendment.

Mark’s work has been published by the Smithsonian Institution Press, Texas A&M Law Review, William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Southern Illinois Law Review and Campbell Law Review. Mark’s work has been frequently cited in briefs and often is relied on by Courts across the country.

Prior to joining Everytown, Mark was a fellow in the New York County District Attorney’s Office Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau, where he investigated and assisted in prosecuting stalking, identity theft, and hacking cases.  Most notably, Mark led the investigation and prosecution of an international hacking, identity theft and fraud ring involving the theft of millions of dollars and thousands of victims across six continents.

Mark is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Marquette University where he double majored in history and criminology.

Scholarly Publications

  • A Right to Bear Arms?: The Contested Role of History in Contemporary Debates on the Second Amendment (eds. Jennifer Tucker, Bart Hacker, Margaret Vining) (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2019) — Mark Anthony Frassetto, The Use and Misuse of History in Second Amendment Litigation 
  • The Law and Politics of Firearms Regulation in Reconstruction Texas, 4 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 95 (2016)
  • The First Congressional Debate on Public Carry and What it Tells Us About Firearms Regionalism, 40 Campbell L. Rev. 335 (2018)
  • To the Terror of the People: Public Disorder Crimes and the Original Understanding of the Second Amendment, 42 S. Ill. L. Rev. 61 (2018)
  • Meritless Historical Arguments in Second Amendment Litigation, 46 Hastings Const. L.Q. 531 (2019)
  • Judging History: How Judicial Discretion in Applying Originalist Methodology Affects the Outcome of Post-Heller Second Amendment Cases, 21 W&M L. Rev. ____ (2020).
  • 10 years after Heller: Fiery gun rights rhetoric, but courts back Second Amendment limits, USA Today, June 25, 2018, co-authored with Eric Tirschwell.
  • What the 2020 Supreme Court Term Means for US Gun Laws, National Law Journal, July 20, 2020, co-authored with Eric Tirschwell.