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Legal News
3 days ago
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
4 days ago
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

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

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]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Veterans Legal Services Clinic [official website] at Yale Law School filed a class action lawsuit [petition, PDF; press release] on Monday on behalf of a Vietnam-war veteran, requesting that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [official website] promptly adjudicate his pending disability benefits application. The named plaintiff, Conley … [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
13 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] President Barack Obama [official profile] on Friday will release details [The Hill report] about the creation of a new advisory committee in efforts to improve conditions in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [official website] as he visits a VA facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The committee will consist of … [read more]


Student Commentary
2 Feb 2015
by Brian Eisner of St. John's University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Brian Eisner, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the eleventh article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Eisner discusses the California's School Success and Opportunity Act and transgender equality...Imagine you … [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
9 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Connecticut Supreme Court [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Thursday that a 17-year-old is not mature enough to reject chemotherapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma. The teen, Cassandra, and her mother refused chemotherapy after two initial treatments because they believe chemotherapy is a poison causing more harm than good and would … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a law prohibiting individuals who have been committed to a mental institution for any amount of time from possessing a firearm is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment [text]. The challenge to the … [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]


Academic Commentary
21 Nov 2014
by Fredrick Vars of the University of Alabama School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Fredrick Vars, of the University of Alabama School of Law, discusses the new Alabama Gun Control Law and argues that the state's gun regulations will be largely unaffected by the new constitutional amendment...Alabama voters, on November 4, overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment providing that: every citizen … [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]

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