April 21, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday on whether possession of a sawed-off shotgun should be considered a violent felony under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA). In Johnson v. US the court specifically is considering whether the residual clause in the ACCA is constitutionally vague. ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Tuesday that the national law requiring minimum sentences for gun crimes is unconstitutional because it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The high court ruled 6-3 to affirm a 2013 ruling on the issue. Section 95 of the Canadian criminal code outlines the ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in two cases. In Henderson v. United States, the court must decide the property interest in a collection of firearms relinquished to law enforcement by a former border patrol agent after the commission of a felony offense. The case turns on a ...[read more]
February 12, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled Wednesday that the ban on interstate handgun sales by federal firearm dealers is unconstitutional. Mance, a Texas federal firearms dealer, and the Hansons, residents of Washington, DC, who tried to purchase a handgun from ...[read more]
December 20, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday ruled 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. The challenge to the federal gun law arose out of a ...[read more]
December 15, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Families of victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, filed a lawsuit 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, ...[read more]
November 5, 2014
by Addison Morris
Ballot measures in both Washington and Alabama passed in Tuesday's midterm elections, altering the states' gun laws. Washington Initiative 594, a measure requiring background checks for all gun purchases, passed with more than 59 percent of the vote. This new law will alter the state's existing ...[read more]
October 21, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Libyan militant Ahmed Abu Khatallah on Monday pleaded not guilty to 17 charges related to the September 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, including some charges that warrant the death penalty. Prosecutor Michael DiLorenzo suggested that the government may file additional ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Adopted to ease fear of the new federal government disarming the militias of individual states at the time of United States Constitution's ratification, the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of ...[read more]
June 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Abramski v. United States that the government can enforce a ban on purchasing a gun for someone else, a so-called "straw purchase," even if that other person is lawfully allowed to have a gun. The court held that a gun buyer's intent to sell a firearm to ...[read more]

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