September 24, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US government on Tuesday insisted in a letter to the UN that the American-led airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State (IS) were legally justified because actions were taken in defense of Iraq. The US, with the support of Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, ...[read more]
August 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland on Tuesday upheld two key provisions of the Maryland Firearms Safety Act of 2013 that ban certain types of "assault weapons" and a limit gun magazines to 10 rounds. Judge Catherine Blake found that the state's law served the government' ...[read more]
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 Neil Devlin
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]
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 21, 2014
by G. Redd
Florida Governor Rick Scott on Friday signed into law House Bill 89 of 2014, legalizing the threat of force in circumstances where actual force would be permitted as self-defense. The bill is commonly known as the "warning shot law" and was raised in response to the 2012 conviction of Marissa ...[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 14, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmed Shaheed on Monday urged Iran to immediately halt the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, a woman sentenced to death of murdering Mortez Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry ...[read more]
November 12, 2013
by Leigh Argentieri
JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew Beshai, Loyola Law School Class of 2015, discusses California's new gun laws...The gun rights discourse has occupied the media spotlight during the past several years owing to the horrific gun violence at Sandy Hook and, most recently, at the D.C. Naval Yard. On ...[read more]
September 10, 2013
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center provides several legal justifications under the UN Charter for the use of force in Syria...Some argue that a US use of armed force in Syria would violate the United Nations Charter in the absence of a UN Security Council ...[read more]

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