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Legal News
5 Feb 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] on Thursday vacated [opinion, pdf] a district court ruling that had upheld a Maryland law banning high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic rifles. The lower court had granted summary judgment in favor of Maryland on the plaintiffs' Second Amendment claims attacking the law's … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Tuesday announced [remarks] executive actions on gun control [WH fact sheet]. The plan would require those in the business of selling firearms, including those selling firearms at gun shows, to be licensed and conduct background checks, thus closing the infamous "gun show … [read more]

Legal News
15 Dec 2015
by Miracle Jones

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday vacated [text, PDF] a lower court ruling that found that a DC gun law requiring a concealed carry permit outside of the home may violate the Constitution. The appeals court found that the judge who … [read more]

Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday declined to review a Second Amendment challenge to a gun law enforced in Highland Park, Illinois, denying certiorari [order list, PDF] in Friedman v. City of Highland Park [docket; cert. petition, PDF]. The law, challenged by the Illinois State Rifle Association … [read more]

18 Nov 2015
by Alexander Figuly

Laws requiring the labeling of food products created from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been an important topic of discussion to individuals in the health and food industry for nearly as long as GMOs have existed. However, despite the attention GMOs have received both historically and in recent years, there … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2015
by Meghan J. Ryan of Southern Methodist university Dedman School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Meghan J. Ryan of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law discusses the controversy surrounding Richard Eugene Glossip's Oklahoma death penalty sentence... The recent activity surrounding the scheduled execution of Oklahoma's Richard Eugene Glossip has once again spotlighted the three-ring circus that has become America's death penalty. … [read more]

Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] the main parts of Connecticut and New York gun control legislation that ban semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. The laws were passed in the wake of the 2012 mass … [read more]

Legal News
12 Sep 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Two independent human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday offered support for recent measures [press release; UN backgrounder] by India and China to limit the use of the death penalty. In August, the Law Commission of India … [read more]

Legal News
19 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Missouri [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a statute prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms does not violate the Missouri Constitution's [BallotPedia backgrounder] right to bear arms. The appellant, Santonio McCoy, was convicted under Section 571.070.1(1) [text] making it illegal for offenders convicted … [read more]

Legal News
14 Aug 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The Connecticut Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 4-3 on Thursday that a state law [SB 280 materials] banning executions for future sentences, but allowing them for past sentences is unconstitutional. Writing for the court, Justice Richard Palmer said imposing the sentence on existing inmates when it has been … [read more]

Legal News
8 Aug 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Colorado jury on Friday sentenced James Holmes to life in prison for killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 2012 shooting movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. The sentence [court register, PDF], which carries no possibility of parole, came as a result of the jury's inability to … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter [official website] on Thursday ordered a review of military recruitment office security policies, according to a statement from the Pentagon. Speaking on the order [Stars and Stripes report], Pentagon spokesperson Navy Captain Jeff Davis also noted that existing Department of Defense (DOD) [official … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Los Angeles City Council [official website] on Tuesday passed [roll call] an ordinance [text, PDF] banning high-capacity gun magazines. The new rule will take effect in one year and provides a 60-day widow to allow citizens to legally turn over their high-capacity magazines. According to the new ordinance, … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker [official website] signed two bills [Senate Bill 35 PDF; Senate Bill 49 PDF] Wednesday loosening Wisconsin's gun laws. The bills, to take effect on Friday, eliminate Wisconsin's 48-hour waiting period for purchasing a handgun and allow off duty, retired and out-of-state police officers to carry … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A bill [text] approved by Indiana lawmakers earlier this year repealing the statewide ban on sawed-off shotguns will go into effect July 1. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jim Tomes [official profile], will allow the manufacture, selling and ownership of shotguns with barrels 18 inches or less in length. … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari in Jackson v. San Francisco [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case challenging a San Francisco law [text, PDF] requiring gun owners to keep handguns "stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock that has been approved … [read more]

Academic Commentary
27 May 2015
by Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law discusses Vermont's evolving gun law... Much to the frustration of gun control advocates who rate Vermont as "F," the state with the highest per capita gun ownership in the country and virtually no gun restrictions, has a … [read more]

Legal News
2 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin [official website] on Friday signed into law a bill that creates new restrictions on who may own guns in the state of Vermont. Under the new law, which will go into effect July 1, people with certain criminal convictions will be prohibited from possessing a … [read more]

Academic Commentary
26 Apr 2015
by Gregory S. Gordon of Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory S. Gordon, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses the similarities and differences between the Aaron Hernandez and OJ Simpson trials and the potential implications for future criminal cases ... On April 15, 2015, former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty … [read more]

Legal News
16 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief [text, PDF; press release] with the US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court … [read more]

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