Americans Against Gun Violence is pleased to announce that our 2019 High School Essay Contest is now open to high school students in the United States and its territories. The prompt for this year's contest is the following statement written by Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun in the majority opinion in the 1980 case of Lewis v. United States:

The Second Amendment guarantees no right to keep and bear a firearm that does not have "some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia."

To enter the contest, students must submit an original essay of 500 words or fewer describing their thoughts about Justice Blackmun's statement. The deadline to submit essays is April 14, 2019. A total of $15,000 will be awarded to twelve contest winners, with $3,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place, and $2,000 for third place. The fourth through tenth place winners will receive $1,000 each, and the eleventh and twelfth place winners will receive $250 each.

Click on the following links for full contest details, a downloadable contest flyer, and for the online entry form and related signature form: