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About Jake Charles

Center Executive Director and lecturing fellow.  Charles writes and teaches on the Second Amendment and firearms law. His primary academic interests include the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological issues confronting nascent Second Amendment jurisprudence and the immunity and related questions surrounding affirmative litigation against the firearms industry. His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Virginia Law ReviewNorth Carolina Law Review, and Law & Contemporary Problems, among others.

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SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 7/26/21

Posted by on July 26, 2021

In Bruen, the opening and amicus briefs supporting the petitioners and in support of neither side have now been filed. We will have some analysis of those opening briefs on the blog in the next few weeks. In the meantime, the petition landscape looks to be holding steady, but I suspect that over the summer […]

Scholarship Highlight: New Works on Public Carry and More

Posted by on July 21, 2021

Given the recent spate of merits and amicus briefing in the Bruen case that challenges New York’s concealed carry law, some new scholarship analyzing that issue is especially timely. Below I highlight those and some other new firearms law scholarship: Patrick J. Charles, The Invention of the Right to “Peaceable Carry” in Modern Second Amendment […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 7/19/21

Posted by on July 19, 2021

Given our recent guest post series on Corpus Linguistics and the Second Amendment, we haven’t done a SCOTUS Gun Watch for a few weeks. And, since the Court is now on its summer recess, we’ll be doing these every other week instead of every week. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of […]

A Guest Blog Series from the Center’s Recent Colloquium on Corpus Linguistics and the Second Amendment

Posted by on July 5, 2021

A few weeks ago, the Center hosted a virtual colloquium on Corpus Linguistics and the Second Amendment with experts who are at the forefront of the study of corpus linguistics and its application to a variety of legal questions. Approaching the issue from a broad range of interests, expertise, and backgrounds, these experts raised a […]

Scholarship Highlight: Recent Articles on Gun Violence Prevention

Posted by on July 2, 2021

A few new articles on firearms law have recently been published. Check them out below. Nancy Dodson, To End Gun Violence Against Children, the Firearms Industry Must Be Held Accountable, Hum. Rts., 2021 From the Introduction: The United States is the only developed country where children are routinely killed by a gun. They have been […]

New Collection of Second Amendment Essays

Posted by on June 30, 2021

Earlier this week, the Brennan Center for Justice published more than a dozen essays exploring issues related to Protests, Insurrection, and the Second Amendment. Our own Joseph Blocher and Darrell Miller are contributors. Check it out: https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/protests-insurrection-and-second-amendment

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 6/28/21

Posted by on June 28, 2021

No new cert petitions added to the tracker this week. The extension request in Corlett was granted, so the opening briefs in that case will not arrive now for about another two weeks. In the meantime, lower courts continue to confront Second Amendment questions while they wait for further Supreme Court guidance, as I wrote […]

“Nomological Desperation”: What’s Common in Second and Eighth Amendment Doctrines?

Posted by on June 23, 2021

As interpreted by the Supreme Court in Heller, the Second Amendment protects arms that are in common use by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes. Yesterday, an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in Duncan v. Bonta, a Second Amendment challenge to California’s ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 6/21/21

Posted by on June 21, 2021

There are no new petitions from the past week, but the Supreme Court did act on one pending Second Amendment petition in its order list this morning. It denied cert in Libertarian Party of Erie County v. Cuomo which may offer some hints into how narrowly the Court is considering its Corlett grant to be. […]

Cardozo Law Review Call for Papers on Gun Regulation

Posted by on June 18, 2021

Cardozo Law Review is currently accepting submissions for a special issue on gun ownership rights. It’s great to see a law review focused on the importance of scholarship for the gun rights debate. Legal scholarship–and scholarship generally–has had an immense impact on the courts’ interpretation of the Second Amendment and there’s every reason to expect […]