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]
06/26/2014: Federal judge upheld Colorado gun control laws
04/23/2014: Georgia governor signed bill expanding gun carry rights
03/31/2014: Federal judge ruled immigrants have same gun carrying rights as citizens
03/25/2014: Ninth Circuit upheld San Francisco gun control laws
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Washington DC had a set of gun laws that made owning a handgun illegal without a special one-year permit. An additional lock-and-trigger requirement prohibited keeping loaded "fire-ready" guns in DC homes. A policeman, Dick Heller, applied for a permit to possess a handgun in his Washington home. ...[read more]
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]
The US District Court in the Northern District of Illinois on Monday ordered the City of Chicago to reimburse the National Rifle Association (NRA) for the $940,000 spent on legal fees challenging gun ordinances. Chicago's ban on the sale and transfer of firearms was overturned in January after the ...[read more]
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Thursday upheld two Colorado statutes that expanded mandatory background checks and banned high capacity magazines. CRS § 18-12-302 and CRS § 18-12-112 were challenged by a group of individuals and entities who claimed that... ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Griffen Thorne, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Class of 2015, discusses the intricacies of double jeopardy and the point at which jeopardy is thought to first occur...
Double jeopardy is among the most complex doctrines of constitutional criminal procedure and ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Bruce Schneider of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. discusses the First Amendment and the "extended use" of public schools ...
The Framers saw the two religious freedoms secured by the First Amendment as being in harmony: the prohibition against a government- ...[read more]
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Town of Greece v. Galloway that the practice of opening town meetings with a prayer does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in 2012 that the New York town's practice amounted to ...[read more]
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Wednesday signed into law a bill that allows licensed gun owners to carry firearms into many public places, including bars, schools, and certain government buildings. The "Safe Carry Protection Act," dubbed the "guns everywhere bill" by critics, allows school ...[read more]