Just How Far Can Gun Control Go Under the Second Amendment?
On March 14, 2013, Tennessee governor Bill Haslam signed into law the "Tennessee Safe Commute Act." The new law, which takes effect July 1, 2013, will allow handgun carry permit holders to store firearms and ammunition in...more
Gun violence is rampant in the news. The Columbine High School massacre in Colorado that left 12 students and one teacher dead, set the scene for school shootings in 1999, and we have seen them continue through the Newtown,...more
Shortly after an anarchy advocate successfully tested a plastic gun fabricated using 3D printing technology, and then distributed the plans on the internet, the U.S. State Department had the plans pulled due a possible...more
Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a conviction for felony firearm possession in a case where the handgun owner discarded the weapon before being seized. The court found that, although an illegal...more
Adding yet another wrinkle to the nation’s contentious gun control debate, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) soliciting information and public...more
Six new cases from the federal circuits this week. My favorite - a subjective measure, I know - is United States v. Ramirez. Any time a court, even the Ninth Circuit, vacates a drug conspiracy conviction for insufficient...more
Local governments in Arizona will soon have to sell firearms surrendered at gun buyback events to licensed gun dealers. A bill signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer prohibits public agencies from destroying the weapons, even if...more
Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that provides $24 million to fund the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS), the only state database to cross-reference all handgun and assault-weapon owners against...more
Gun violence is a hot topic in the wake of the Newtown shootings and the aftermath of last week’s Boston Marathon bombings, and now health privacy has joined the debate....more
Numerous insurance-related bills have been introduced in the California Legislature this year. Legislative committees are now conducting hearings on the various measures. This year’s regular legislative session will end on...more
The U.S. Senate today rejected a bill that would have closed a major loophole in federal gun laws by subjecting firearm purchases made at gun shows and online to background checks....more
Florida is home to the highest number of gun permits and the fewest number of gun control laws in the nation. Pro-gun advocates cite drops in violent crime despite an increase in gun sales and concealed weapons permits....more
On March 14, 2013, Tennessee Governor Haslam signed the so-called “Guns in Trunks” law, which will go into effect July 1, 2013. The new law, which will be codified as T.C.A § 39-17-1313, states that handgun-carry permit...more
Connecticut’s new firearms legislation will have a broad impact. The state made history this past week when Governor Dannel Malloy signed into effect one of the most restrictive gun laws in the United States. Public Act...more
Last week was an active week in the federal appeals courts.
Perhaps most interesting - especially to those who are concerned about the state of our federal public defenders - is the Second Circuit's opinion in United...more
Alabama Senate Bill 286 passed the Alabama Senate by a vote of 28-5 on April 4, 2013. If enacted, the law would result in some major changes for private employers and private property owners relating to the storage and...more
When lawmakers returned on April 2 for the second half of the 2013 Regular Session, the 16th legislative day resulted in one of the longest of the year, with both houses adjourning close to midnight and then putting in long...more
Beginning Monday, March 11, 2013, there will be new security procedures for people entering the Milwaukee County Courthouse. People will have to remove their shoes and belts, and show security guards their waistband. The new...more
Starting on July 1, 2013, business owners will no longer be permitted to keep guns out of their parking lots. A new law signed by the governor decriminalizes keeping a gun in a privately-owned car if the following conditions...more
Ray Woollard will have to keep his guns at home, now that the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Maryland can legally require him to state a “good and substantial reason” to carry a loaded handgun in public....more
While many doubt the constitutionality of such legislation — states are constitutionally forbidden to pass a statute that blocks enforcement of an otherwise enforceable federal law — it raises questions as to the current...more
On Thursday, March 14, 2013, Governor Bill Haslam signed a new gun law for our state, which will go into effect on July 1....more
Originally published in the Tennessee Employment Law Letter on February 28, 2013.
On Thursday, the Tennessee House of Representatives passed a bill permitting handgun carry permit holders to store firearms and...more
In the aftermath of the Connecticut and Colorado mass shootings, national attention has turned to attempts to stem the tide of gun violence through stricter firearm regulations. Most of the debate has centered on limiting the...more
Several states – including Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina – are currently considering legislation that would require employers to allow their employees to bring firearms to work and store them in their vehicles...more
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