July 17, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago made clear that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear firearms in the home for self-defense, but left unanswered whether it protects other conduct. Writing for the majority in Heller, Scalia emphasized that Heller marked the ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Sarah Steers
Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California ...[read more]
April 30, 2014
by Josh Guckert
JURIST Guest Columnist Thomas Warns, New York University School of Law, Class of 2015, discusses Georgia's Safe Carry Protection Act and the balance it strikes between rights to private property and self-defense...Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently signed into law a bill which expanded the ...[read more]
April 1, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Mexico ruled Monday that the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause mandates that legally residing immigrants be afforded the same rights to obtain a concealed-carry weapon permit as citizens. Judge M. Christina Armijo held that there was ...[read more]
March 27, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law HB 1048 on Wednesday, allowing adults to carry a concealed weapon locked in vehicles on school property. The current law in Indiana makes it a felony for any gun permit holder to have a firearm in their car while they are on school property. A ...[read more]
February 28, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a petition on Thursday in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit urging the court to reverse its decision that struck down a law requiring residents to show good cause to carry a concealed firearm. Earlier this month the court ruled that the ...[read more]
February 14, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday struck down a California concealed weapons rule, ruling it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The rule required concealed weapons applicants to show good cause to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon, be of "good ...[read more]
September 19, 2013
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist John Frazer argues that the Mississippi legislature's amended definition of a "concealed" weapon is not unduly confusing or vague...A recent decision by the Mississippi Supreme Court may finally have laid to rest the state's status as home to one of the nation's most rigidly ...[read more]
March 23, 2013
by Max Slater
Utah Governor Gary Herbert vetoed a bill on Friday that would have allowed people to carry an unloaded, concealed gun without a permit. Utah state representative John Mathis (R), the lead sponsor of the bill, said that the bill would simply allow citizens who openly carry unloaded weapons to put ...[read more]
March 22, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday that Maryland can require concealed-carry handgun permit applicants to provide a "good and substantial reason" for wanting to carry a gun outside the home. The three-judge panel unanimously overturned a 2012 district court ruling ...[read more]

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