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About Jake Charles

Former Center Executive Director.  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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Guns on Campus Post-Bruen

Posted by on November 21, 2022

Last Monday, many of us awoke to the terrible news about a shooting at the University of Virginia on Sunday night that left three students dead and two others injured. Another public college not far away, Virginia Tech, was the site of a horrific mass shooting in 2007 that killed 32 people and injured 17 […]

New York Federal Courts Split on How Expansively To Read the Second Amendment

Posted by on November 4, 2022

One of the most wide-ranging challenges to New York’s comprehensive post-Bruen gun regulatory framework was brought in Antonyuk v. Bruen. There, the court struck down many provisions of the new law. I wrote about the court’s ruling for Slate and, as you can tell from the piece, I think the Antonyuk court bungles much of […]

Worrying Trends In the Lower Courts After Bruen

Posted by on September 30, 2022

There are several extremely worrying trends from what I’ve seen in the still nascent post-Bruen Second Amendment case law. These concerns don’t arise from disagreement with constitutional originalism or with the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment. They are concerns about lower courts’ capacity (and perhaps willingness) to apply a historical method in a […]

State Court Justice Questions How to Apply Bruen

Posted by on September 23, 2022

In a recent case pending before the Ohio Supreme Court, State v. Philpotts, a majority of the justices sua sponte ordered the parties to file supplemental briefs addressing Bruen’s effect on the case. The challenged Ohio law in that case bars those under indictment for violent felonies from possessing firearms pending the disposition of the […]

Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Gun Law Governing Under-21-Year-Olds

Posted by on August 31, 2022

Last week, in Firearms Policy Coalition v. McCraw, Judge Mark Pittman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas struck down a Texas law that prohibited those under 21 from carrying handguns in public. The case illustrates many of the hallmarks that are likely to characterize post-Bruen litigation over contemporary gun laws. […]

Federal Court Declines to Enjoin San Jose’s Gun Liability Insurance Mandate

Posted by on August 10, 2022

Last week, in National Association for Gun Rights v. San Jose, a federal judge in California declined to preliminarily enjoin a San Jose ordinance that requires gun owners to obtain and maintain liability insurance and pay an annual fee. The case is significant not only for its discussion of the constitutionality of mandated gun insurance, […]

Taylor & the Surprising Success of Gun Crime Defendants at the Supreme Court

Posted by on July 22, 2022

In a decision this past June, United States v. Taylor, the Supreme Court ruled that the mandatory minimum penalties in 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) could not be applied to a man convicted of an attempted federal robbery offense. The decision comes as one in a string of victories at the Supreme Court for gun-crime defendants […]

Bruen, Analogies, and the Quest for Goldilocks History

Posted by on June 28, 2022

On June 23, 2022, the Supreme Court issued its first major Second Amendment decision in a dozen years. In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the Court declared New York’s restrictive may-issue licensing law unconstitutional. The 6-3 decision written by Justice Thomas supercharges the Second Amendment and upends a host of settled […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 6/27/22

Posted by on June 27, 2022

Last Thursday, the Court issued Bruen, declaring NY’s concealed carry law unconstitutional. We’ll have much more coverage on the blog, starting later this week. Now, we’ll wait to see whether any of the held cases are taken up or sent back to lower courts. Petitions Pending Case Ct. Below Pet. Filed Implicated Law/Issue Status New […]

The Bruen Opinion

Posted by on June 24, 2022

Yesterday the Supreme Court issued its Bruen decision, holding that NY’s strict concealed carry law is unconstitutional and mandating that lower courts assess Second Amendment claims by reference only to history. We’ll be writing much more about it here, but today we have the Center’s annual firearms law works-in-progress workshop, so I’ll just post a link […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 6/20/22

Posted by on June 20, 2022

It’s coming down to the last few weeks of the Term, and we’re expecting Bruen any day now. When the Court issues Bruen we will also get better insight into whether it plans to send the held cases back down or take one or more of them up. Petitions Pending Case Ct. Below Pet. Filed […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 6/13/22

Posted by on June 13, 2022

In its orders last week, the Court denied cert in the McCloskey’s Second Amendment challenge to their state bar discipline. There’s also one new cert petition based on a license revocation in D.C. Petitions Pending Case Ct. Below Pet. Filed Implicated Law/Issue Status New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen (20-843) 2d Cir. […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 6/6/22

Posted by on June 6, 2022

We’re down to the last few weeks of SCOTUS opinions and awaiting Bruen any day. The Court has 4 cases it is holding pending Bruen as well, so we will likely see what happens to those soon as well—either the Court takes one or all of them up for plenary review or sends them all […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 5/30/22

Posted by on May 30, 2022

At its conference last week, the Supreme Court considered whether to hear Duncan, another challenge to a ban on magazines holding more than 10 rounds. The Court will release orders tomorrow from that conference, but I suspect the case will be held like the similar challenge in ANJRPC. And, since the Court didn’t act on […]

Shinn, Jimenez-Shilon, and the Hierarchy of Rights  

Posted by on May 26, 2022

Earlier this week, in United States v. Jimenez-Shilon, the Eleventh Circuit rejected a Second Amendment challenge to the federal law barring undocumented immigrants from possessing firearms. Dru Stevenson will be guest posting about the case on this blog. But I want to highlight a few aspects of Judge Newsom’s majority and separate concurring opinions—and compare […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 5/23/22

Posted by on May 23, 2022

At conference last week, the Court considered the cert petition in Bianchi, challenging Maryland’s assault weapons ban. Today’s order list has no mention of the case, which signals the Court is likely holding the case pending the outcome in Bruen. This marks the second case in the category of “what arms are protected” (along with ANJRP) that […]

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down CA’s Law Restricting Young Adult’s Ability To Purchase Rifles

Posted by on May 18, 2022

Last week, in Jones v. Bonta, a split panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled that California’s restriction on rifle purchases by 18- to 20-year olds violates the Second Amendment. The case is a major victory for gun-rights proponents, but that victory is likely to be short-lived. The en banc Ninth Circuit tends to reverse panels […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 5/16/22

Posted by on May 16, 2022

There weren’t any new cert petitions filed this past week, but in its order list this morning, the Court denied cert in the Cassidy and Turner cases. Petitions Pending Case Ct. Below Pet. Filed Implicated Law/Issue Status New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen (20-843) 2d Cir. 17-Dec-20 Challenge to New York’s good […]

Scholarship Highlight: New Research and Arguments about the Second Amendment

Posted by on May 11, 2022

There’s been a spate of new Second Amendment scholarship, including a just published piece by the Center’s own Joseph Blocher (with co-author Eric Ruben). There are also a couple of wide-ranging student pieces skeptical about/supportive of different gun regulations. Eric Ruben & Joseph Blocher, “Second-Class” Rhetoric, Ideology, and Doctrinal Change, 110 Geo. L.J. 613 (2022) […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 5/9/22

Posted by on May 9, 2022

Another week with no new relevant cert petitions filed. The Cassidy case—challenging the MA requirement of a permit for home firearm possession—goes to conference this Thursday along with Turner, which challenges trial questioning about firearms. Both are probably unlikely grants, but Cassidy stands a greater chance than Turner, given that the respondents waived the right […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 5/2/22

Posted by on May 2, 2022

No new cert petitions this week. But during this next month, we’ll see several responses filed in major cases, including GOA and Morin (in which the Court called for a response, indicating at least some interest among the justices). We are expecting Bruen to come down any day now, since it’s the last case argued […]

Missouri Supreme Court Revives Lawsuit Against State Second Amendment Protection Act

Posted by on April 29, 2022

Missouri enacted what it called a “Second Amendment Protection Act” (SAPA) in 2021. As I’ve written previously about the law, it not only bars state officials’ assistance with the enforcement of federal gun laws, but also purports to nullify some of those laws in the state. The law has faced a number of lawsuits, including […]

Ghost Guns, History, and the Second Amendment

Posted by on April 27, 2022

The Biden Administration recently pushed out a new rule to restrict “ghost guns”—firearms without a serial number. The rule would require that kits for homemade do-it-yourself firearms are manufactured only by federal firearm licensees (FFLs) and that the kit’s frame or receiver be marked with a serial number. It also requires that any FFLs or […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 4/25/22

Posted by on April 25, 2022

No new cert petitions filed this week. The Court had scheduled Morin v. Lyver for conference last Friday, but then asked for a response, which is due May 12. We’re also still waiting for something to happen with Aposhian. Other than that, two pending case have been scheduled for conference and we await Bruen any day […]

A Fascinating New Case on Parking Lot Laws

Posted by on April 22, 2022

In a remarkably interesting decision issued a few weeks back, a federal district court in Kentucky declined to dismiss a lawsuit for wrongful discharge based on Kentucky laws that forbid employers from taking adverse action against employees who store guns in their cars in the company’s lot. In Sheard v. Novo Nordisk, Inc., No. 3:20-CV-152-BJB […]

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