Gun Laws

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Before Engaging in Target Practice – Be Sure You are Allowed to Possess a Firearm

The Baltimore County Police Department makes a regular practice of obtaining lists of people who have engaged in target practice at local firearms ranges. The police department then compares the list of individuals who have...more

New ATF Ruling Allows Cloud-Based Storage of Acquisition and Disposition Records

The ATF has just released a new ruling — ATF Ruling 2016-1 — that modernizes the procedures for federal firearms licensees to keep their acquisition and disposition records in electronic format. The former procedures under...more

Sandy Hook Lawsuit Aims to Weaken PLCAA, While Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss

In January, we analyzed the immunities provided to firearms industry members under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). Despite statements by some political candidates, the PLCAA provides protection only in...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Legislature Reconvenes Today, May Possibly Adjourn sine die The Maine State Legislature...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016

What's New - SENATE - The Senate took furlough this week and did not meet in statewide session. The Senate will reconvene Tuesday, April 5th, at noon....more

The Dawn Of A New Wild, Wild West In Mississippi? State Supreme Court Rules On Employees Workplace Firearm Rights

On March 24, 2016, the Mississippi Supreme Court issued an opinion that allowed an employee to proceed with a wrongful discharge lawsuit after being terminated for possessing a gun on company premises, significantly altering...more

Clarifying Employer Misconceptions About Texas’ New “Open Carry” Gun Law

Introduction to Texas’ “Open Carry” Law - A new law became effective earlier this year in the Lone Star State, making Texas’ broad gun-rights laws even more permissive. Before January 1, the only firearms Texas citizens...more

Texas Open Carry Law: FAQs for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

As of January 1, 2016, concealed license holders in Texas can now legally carry their handguns visibly in hip or shoulder holsters. This comes at a time when violence in hospitals and healthcare facilities is on the rise....more

HHS OCR Issues Rule Modifying HIPAA In Effort To Fight Gun Violence

On January 4, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a rule modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Privacy Rule to expressly...more

New Gun Trusts Laws Take Effect July 13, 2016

Firearms such as short-barreled rifle or shotguns, silencers or suppressors, and machine guns (i.e., Title II firearms) are regulated by the federal government as to their purchase, transfer and manufacture. ...more

Are "Bring Your Gun To Work" Policies A Good Idea?

As the national debate roils about how to handle the problem of gun violence in modern American society, employers are asking whether it makes sense to allow employees to carry firearms at work. Although office killings have...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Delays Passage of a Tax Conformity Bill - The Appropriations Committee worked on...more

Clearing Up Confusion Over the Modified HIPAA Privacy Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which will go into effect on February 5, 2016. HHS published the final rule in tandem with...more

How the DOJ’s New Regulatory Framework for Gun Trusts Managed to Strike a Reasonable Balance

On January 15, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a final rule that fundamentally changed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) regulatory environment for items that are manufactured and...more

2016 Washington Preview

Having completed the first session of the 114th Congress, many in Washington are quickly turning toward the 2016 elections. In the coming year, the headlines will undoubtedly be dominated by electioneering but, after a...more

Health Care E-Note - January 2016

The 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule ("Final Rule") contains recent changes to the Federal Stark Law, the majority of which took effect on January 1, 2016. The issuance of the Final Rule on November 16, 2015...more

Avoid “Uh-Oh”-Pen Carry at the Airport

Since Texas’ open carry law went into effect at the beginning of the year, Pistol Pete has carried his Glock everywhere he can in his shoulder holster. In a rush to make his flight to Houston for a business meeting, Pete...more

HIPAA Modified in Tandem with Executive Action on Gun Control: Much Ado About Narrow Permissive Reporting Requirements

On January 6, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) within the federal Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a final rule to modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996...more

Lawsuit “Immunity” for the Gun Industry and What the PLCAA Really Says

Do gun manufacturers really have blanket immunity from lawsuits? No, not even close. The 2016 campaign season has brought a big dose of gun policy debate, and some candidates have claimed that gun manufacturers have...more

HHS Removes Barriers to Reporting Federal Mental Health Prohibitor Status for Gun Background Checks

On January 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a modification to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) removing barriers to reporting federal mental health...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review - January 2016

On January 5, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received for review a final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) entitled Covered Outpatient Drugs (CMS-2345-F). The rule had previously...more

Guns at Work: Is Your Employment Handbook Loaded to Fire?

Guns seem to always be in the spotlight, or at least in the legal stage’s side light. Proponents of gun safety or regulation clash with those who believe everyone of sound mind has the right to bear arms. There are extremists...more

Technology, Guns and the NLRB – Get Ready for 2016

Happy New Year! To help ring in the New Year and pin down last-minute New Year’s resolutions, let’s look at six topics impacting the workplace in 2016...more

HIPAA Privacy Rule Now Permits Reporting for Firearms Background Checks

On January 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule that modifies the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. This modification expressly...more

HIPAA Privacy Rule Amendment will Permit Very Limited Reporting of Mental Health Information to the NICS

An amendment to HIPAA’s privacy rules will allow a limited subset of covered entities (such as, potentially, state agencies) to disclose information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)....more

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