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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
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
11 May 2015
by Allen Rostron of University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

JURIST guest columnist Allen Rostron of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law discusses Vermont's recent gun law in light of America's contentious gun politics... Vermont and Kansas are among the states where new laws relating to firearms will go into effect this summer. Vermont is taking limited steps … [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]

Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Wednesday that asylum-seekers and migrants fleeing war-torn countries are suffering abuse at the hands of Serbian authorities [press release]. Most of the asylum-seekers are Syrian or Afghan, travelling through Serbia to seek shelter in western European states. Based on interviews with 81 … [read more]

Legal News
15 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The victims' families of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre [JURIST news archive] filed complaints on Friday against the Estate of Nancy Lanza, the deceased mother of gunman Adam Lanza, alleging that she carelessly gave her son access to the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle he used in the shooting. … [read more]

Legal News
23 Feb 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The retrial of two Al Jazeera journalists accused of links to the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] has been postponed to March 8 after a brief hearing in Cairo, Egypt, on Monday. The retrial, which was set to commence Monday, has been adjourned [Al Jazeera report] for … [read more]

Academic Commentary
7 Feb 2015
by Gregory Gordon of Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory S. Gordon of The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses the decision of the International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia to grant provisional release to Vojislav Seselj and its repercussions on international criminal law and transitional justice...The ongoing seven-year debacle that is the trial … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Michigan Governor Rick Snyder [official website] on Thursday vetoed [text, pdf] gun legislation supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) [advocacy website] and approved by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislation. Governor Snyder, a Republican endorsed by the NRA in his bid for reelection last fall, felt pressure … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The National Rifle Association (NRA) [advocacy website] has filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the city of Pittsburgh, alleging local gun laws violate a state law that restricts local regulation of firearms and ammunition. 18 Pa CS § 6120 [text] states "No county, municipality or township may in any … [read more]

Legal News
15 Dec 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Families of victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, filed a lawsuit [complaint] in the Superior Court of Connecticut Monday, alleging that the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting were negligent. The lawsuit names manufacturer Bushmaster, firearm distributor Camfour and … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] According to an FBI [official website] report [text, PDF] released Wednesday, the number of mass shootings in which a gunman wounds or kills multiple people has increased dramatically. The study focused on 160 active shooter incidents that occurred between 2000 and 2013, including the 2012 shootings at a movie … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] A trial judge for the Supreme Court of New York [official profile] dismissed [text] a lawsuit on Thursday challenging the state's strict gun laws. The plaintiffs, a group of gun rights activists, argued [lohud news report] that the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (SAFE … [read more]

Legal News
27 Oct 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food [official website], Olivier De Schutter, on Friday praised the international community's collective adoption of laws, policies and strategies further entrenching the right to food over the past decade. De Schutter emphasized [press release] in his final report to the UN General … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Simon Lester of the Cato Institute says that the newly elected coalition in Australia may alter the country's current stances on certain international investment rules...The recent Australian elections were decided mostly by domestic policy issues, but their outcome will have an impact beyond the border, as the … [read more]

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