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Guns in the Workplace: A Three-Part Series

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Few topics produce more heated reactions than guns, gun violence, and the Second Amendment. For employers in North and South Carolina, this subject can be especially fraught, as both states are near or at record highs in gun...more

In Fear of a Lobby – In sacrifice of our children

May our children NEVER AGAIN die unnecessarily - The Florida state legislature failed our students miserably. They faced a crisis that has been in the making since even before Columbine: a disturbed person, a former...more

Families, Fiduciaries and Firearms: Estate Administration and Distribution of Firearms in the State of Washington

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The ownership of firearms has been a topic of much debate and scrutiny in recent months. As a part of this national conversation, it is important for gun owners (and their fiduciaries) to generally understand the applicable...more

Illinois General Assembly Begins to Exercise Its Exclusive Authority Over Firearms

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Illinois General Assembly has approved a bill that, if signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, would make it unlawful for a person to engage in the business of selling, leasing or otherwise transferring firearms without a license...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Legislative Council Considers After-Deadline Bill Requests on School Safety, Gun Control - The Legislative Council met on February 27 to consider after-deadline bill requests, including several on school safety and gun...more

Uber Scores One For Safety With Gun-Policy Win

by Fisher Phillips on

Ride-sharing giant, Uber, has recently faced accusations that it fails to do enough to preserve the safety of its passengers and drivers. However, on February 16, 2018, a federal judge in Florida rejected a challenge to an...more

California’s “Red Flag” Laws Can Help Prevent Tragedies Like Stoneman Douglas

by Weintraub Tobin on

As we struggle to come to grips with the recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, many have bemoaned the lack of response by law enforcement prior to the attack. News outlets state that the shooter was reported...more

Should Employers Allow Concealed Weapon Permit Holders To Carry Guns At Work?

by Fisher Phillips on

As mass shootings have continued with regular frequency in the United States, our country remains deeply divided, not only with the cause of these tragic events, but also on how to stop them from occurring. Many have called...more

Illinois Police Officer Drug and Alcohol Tests Raise Constitutional Questions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Illinois expanded the Police and Community Relations Improvement Act (PCRIA) to add special procedures for officers involved in incidents where their firearm is discharged causing injury or death to an individual. • New...more

2017 Highlights the Importance of State Law Compliance in the Firearms Industry

by Williams Mullen on

The firearms industry had a strong year in 2017 and will again kick off the new year with the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), the global trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports,...more

Regulators Repudiate Operation Choke Point at Lawmakers’ Request

Sounding the likely death knell for Operation Choke Point, federal regulators formally repudiated the program after receiving a letter from Republican legislators inviting them to do so....more

How SilencerCo Strategically Uses Two Federal Laws in Innovative Design of the Maxim 50

by Williams Mullen on

On September 19th, Utah based SilencerCo released the Maxim 50, a suppressed muzzleloader that is not subject to the $200 tax and long wait times typically associated with a suppressor or suppressed firearm. How? ...more

The United States Munitions List: When Guns Come Off of the ITAR

In our blog shop, most of the news we scan is the nerdy minutia of regulatory nuance. But the other day, we found big news, a real scoop. The ITAR will be rewritten to remove guns and ammunition from its control....more

Six Crucial Points About the New Russia, Iran and North Korea-Related Sanctions Law

Russia-Related Sanctions Codification: The new law codifies sanctions executive orders related to circumstances in Ukraine and Crimea as well as certain cyber-enabled activities, restricting the U.S. President's authority to...more

Supreme Court To Decide Whether Prosecutors Can Use Pleas To Skirt Constitution

by Ifrah PLLC on

While the endless portrayal of jury trials in media might indicate otherwise, trials are actually quite rare in the U.S. criminal justice system. With 97% of federal cases ending in pleas, the Atticus Finch conception of...more

Circuit Reverses Over-Expansive Forfeiture Order

On July 7, 2017, the Second Circuit (Jacobs, Leval, Raggi) issued a short summary order in United States v. Stegemann. Most of the order is dedicated to affirming the defendant’s conviction at trial on several drug and...more

Shot Through the Heart, But the Excess Carrier Isn’t to Blame: Georgia Federal Court Finds Policy’s Broad Firearms Exclusion Bars...

by Carlton Fields on

On June 1, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted summary judgment in favor of AIG Specialty Insurance Co. in a case involving the application of the firearms exclusion in Powe v. Chartis...more

Georgia Federal Court Finds Policy’s Broad Firearms Exclusion Bars Coverage

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted summary judgment in favor of AIG Specialty Insurance Co. in a case involving the application of the firearms exclusion in Powe v. Chartis Specialty...more

Second Circuit Partially Affirms Evidentiary Ruling on Interlocutory Appeal in Decision Illustrating the Importance of...

In United States v. Brown, 16-3468-cr (Leval, Hall, Chin) the Second Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part via summary order a ruling excluding evidence related to a firearm that had not been identified in the...more

Silencers Are Not Illegal In Texas – Part 1

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Those who know me know that I am into hunting and shooting sports. I have been an avid handgun shooter since 1997. I have been into shotgun sports and shotgun hunting since approximately 2005-2006. Within the last couple...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19375 - State v. Chyung - SC19375 Concurrence - State v. Chyung - SC19492 - State v. Bush - SC19492 Dissent - State v. Bush...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - Only the Senate was in Harrisburg for session this week, but it was a busy one nonetheless. Meanwhile, some of the committees of the House of Representatives took to the road to examine issues impacting the...more

New Proposed TN Legislation Allows Off-Duty Law Enforcement to Carry Guns in Sports and Entertainment Venues

The Senate Judiciary Committee had 28 bills pertaining to firearms up for discussion this week. One bill receiving a lot of attention, SB356 / HB455, would allow an off-duty law enforcement officer to carry a firearm to...more

US: Guns at Work: The Implications of the Fifth Circuit’s Recent Decision in Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

by Dentons on

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s recent decision in Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation casts new doubt on the enforceability of employer policies prohibiting employees from carrying firearms onto...more

New Ohio Law Provides Limited Exception To Employer’s Right To Prohibit Firearms On Its Premises

by Reminger Co., LPA on

On March 21, 2017, Ohio Senate Bill 199 will go into effect as Ohio Revised Code §2923.1210, which expands the rights of employees with valid concealed handgun licenses to transport and store a firearm and ammunition on an...more

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