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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.

Written by Jake Charles

Special Journal Issue with Center Contributors – Gun Violence in America: An Interdisciplinary Examination

Posted by on January 22, 2021

The Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics recently published a special volume, Gun Violence in America: An Interdisciplinary Examination. The volume was pulled together and edited by Yale Law School’s Ian Ayres, Abbe Gluck, and Tracey Meares with articles largely co-authored with law students from their gun violence seminar last year. Joseph and I have […]

Guns Laws, Decatur, and Protecting Black Lives

Posted by on January 20, 2021

I just finished Kathleen Belew’s excellent book, Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America, and one story there stuck out to me. It’s a story about racist violence motivating stricter gun regulations with particular resonance for this moment. In 1979, a small group of Black protesters was marching in protest of […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 1/18/21

Posted by on January 18, 2021

None of the current gun cases pending before the Court are fully briefed, so it will be at least a few weeks before we get any confirmation about the Court’s willingness to take another Second Amendment challenge. But when that happens, the justices will have the chance to pick from either (1) one of a […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 1/11/21

Posted by on January 11, 2021

The Court granted cert in two gun cases after its conference last Friday: United States v. Gary, in which the government is the petitioner, and Greer v. United States. Both concern the legal consequences from the Supreme Court’s 2019 decision in Rehaif clarifying that the government must prove a person knew about the status that […]

Cert Petition Highlight: Flick v. Rosen

Posted by on January 8, 2021

In addition to the several other Second Amendment challenges recently filed at the Supreme Court, a new one was filed in the last days of 2020 and just docketed earlier this week: Flick v. Rosen. Like a couple of the other petitions, Flick involves an as-applied challenge to the felon prohibitor. But unlike at least one of […]

Scholarship Highlight Interview: Noah on FDA Gun Regulation

Posted by on January 6, 2021

I recently had the chance to sit down and discuss another fascinating forthcoming article with Lars Noah, Chesterfield Smith Eminent Scholar and Professor of Law, at the University of Florida Law. His article Time to Bite the Bullet?: How an Emboldened FDA Could Take Aim at the Firearms Industry, forthcoming in the Connecticut Law Review, […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 1/4/21

Posted by on January 4, 2021

As the new year begins, court-watchers will be following the Supreme Court closely as it fills out the rest of its docket for this term. Of the many cases on tap, there are a handful of Second Amendment challenges that will give us a chance to see how Justice Barrett’s presence on the Court has […]

Top 10 Posts of the Year

Posted by on December 30, 2020

2020 has certainly been a wild and unpredictable year. While that is obviously true in the wider world, it is also true in the Second Amendment context. This year saw the Supreme Court’s decision in the first argued Second Amendment case in a decade, and that decision gave no guidance on substance; the denial of […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 12/28/20

Posted by on December 28, 2020

This week brings the docketing of another Second Amendment challenge, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett. In this next NYSRPA case, Paul Clement again represents the challengers. But this time, instead of a narrow challenge to an outlier city rule, it’s a much broader challenge to the state’s requirement that those seeking […]

Working Out Rehaif Errors

Posted by on December 23, 2020

In Rehaif v. United States, the Supreme Court clarified what the government must prove to secure a conviction under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), which criminalizes gun possession for certain classes of people. Prior to Rehaif, most courts had held that the government only had to prove that a person knowingly possessed a weapon that had […]