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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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Scholarship Highlight Interview: George Mocsary on Firearms Law and the Second Amendment Casebook Online Chapters

Posted by on August 5, 2020

In the latest episode of the Scholarship Highlight interview series, I spoke with George Mocsary of University of Wyoming College of Law about his contributions to online chapters to the casebook Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy. We talked about Chapter 14, on Comparative Law, and discussed the various ways other […]

2020 Firearms Law Works-in-Progress Workshop

Posted by on August 3, 2020

At the end of July, the Center hosted its second summer Firearms Law Works-in-Progress Workshop. Our first one last year was a tremendous success, and we were again thrilled at the community of scholars that we were able to convene this year. We had authors spanning the globe (joining from at least four different time […]

Analyzing Maryland Extreme Risk Law Data

Posted by on July 29, 2020

This past week, Joseph and I just finished another round of edits on our forthcoming Virginia Law Review article, Firearms, Extreme Risk, and Legal Design: “Red Flag” Laws and Due Process. Doing those edits, and working on another draft paper related to extreme risk laws, led me to dive more deeply into the statistics that […]

Eleventh Circuit Not Open to As-Applied Challenges to the Felon Prohibitor

Posted by on July 27, 2020

In a forthcoming article in Law & Contemporary Problems, I address some of the conceptual confusion generated by the lifetime prohibition on firearm possession by those previously convicted of a felony offense. The difficulty arises at least in part from complicated factors in the function and adjudication of the felon prohibitor, which the Eleventh Circuit’s […]

Virginia Court Partially Enjoins New Private-Sale Background-Check Requirement

Posted by on July 21, 2020

In 2020, the Virginia legislature passed a host of new gun regulations: limiting purchases of handguns to one a month, requiring the reporting of lost/stolen firearms, giving local autonomy over gun restrictions on government property, creating an extreme risk protection (aka red flag) law, and others. These new laws, in a state that had previously […]

Scholarship Highlight Interview: Greg Wallace on “Assault Weapon” Lethality

Posted by on July 16, 2020

As part of our ongoing Scholarship Highlight video series, I recently talked with Greg Wallace, Professor of Law at Campbell University Law School. We discussed his article “‘Assault Weapon’ Lethality,” which is forthcoming in the Tennessee Law Review. Here’s a short excerpt from the introduction of his piece (with footnotes omitted) and below is our […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 7/13/20

Posted by on July 13, 2020

With the issuance of its final opinions last week, the Supreme Court has wrapped up OT 2019. The Term began last October with an optimistic gun-rights community. The Court had granted review in a Second Amendment case for the first time since 2016, and was poised to hear arguments in such a case for the […]

Scholarship Highlight: Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy Symposium Articles

Posted by on July 10, 2020

The articles from a symposium hosted University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy on the Second Amendment are now published and on Westlaw. They include some interesting new empirical pieces and other doctrinal/jurisprudential ones, including one article by my colleague Darrell Miller.

Are Any Gun Laws “Super-Statutes”?

Posted by on July 6, 2020

In their fascinating 2001 Article in the Duke Law Journal, “Super-Statutes,” William Eskridge and John Ferejohn described how some statutes are more important than other ordinary pieces of legislation, like those that settle the budget or cover a narrow and specific topic. Some intend to and do in fact “penetrate public normative and institutional culture […]

Litigation Highlight: Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Magazine Limit

Posted by on July 3, 2020

In 2013, Colorado passed into law a new gun regulation that prohibits the sale, transfer, or possession of large-capacity magazines (LCMs) acquired after July 1, 2013. The law defines LCMs as those ammunition feeding devices that accept more than 15 rounds. A group of gun owners and gun-rights organizations challenged the law as a violation […]