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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 1/24/22

Posted by on January 24, 2022

The curious happenings in the bump stock ban case, Aposhian v. Garland, continue. It has now been scheduled for four different Friday conferences, only to be rescheduled days before each time. I posed the question to some experts on Twitter, and some thought it could be either a justice writing a dissent (which normally happens […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 1/17/22

Posted by on January 17, 2022

One notable development on the docket is that, after the Maryland attorney general waived a response to the petition challenging the state’s assault weapons ban, the Court called for a response. That move indicates at least some justices are interested in the case, and a recent analysis showed that in general a call for response […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 1/10/22

Posted by on January 10, 2022

In its order list this week, the Supreme Court denied cert in P.Z. and Hatch. Although P.Z. seemed like  quite a long shot to me, Hatch seemed to at least implicate issues the Court is adjudicating in Bruen, so if the Court held the case that wouldn’t be surprising. The case challenged a Minnesota law […]

Essays on Race and Guns in America

Posted by on January 4, 2022

We are excited to begin rolling out the essays from the Center’s recent roundtable on Race and Guns in America. The essays are impressively rich and thoughtful, offering various descriptions and diagnoses (and some prescriptions) for the persistent problems that arise in a country flooded with guns and saturated with systemic racism. Starting tomorrow, we […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 1/3/22

Posted by on January 3, 2022

The first SCOTUS Gun Watch of the new year looks a lot like the last one of 2021. Unsurprisingly, there’s been no new action in the past week, but this Friday’s conference has two cases scheduled. I don’t think either of the two are particularly strong candidates for a hold or grant, but we’ll see […]

Top 15 Most Popular Blog Posts From 2021

Posted by on December 29, 2021

As we wrap up the year, below is our list of top 15 most read blog posts during 2021. Remarkably, every one of the top 10 posts was authored by a different contributor, including one from Center faculty affiliate Jeff Swanson, two from Center research assistants, one from the Center’s research affiliate Kat Albrecht, and […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 12/27/21

Posted by on December 27, 2021

This is the last SCOTUS Gun Watch of the year. It has been an eventful one with the Bruen petition filed a full year ago, the petition granted in April and argument held in November. This next year will bring an opinion in Bruen and perhaps even more grants. Two more petitions were filed at […]

New RAND Report on Gun Policy Disagreement

Posted by on December 22, 2021

The RAND Corporation just released a new report, The Magnitude and Sources of Disagreement Among Gun Policy Experts. Both Center faculty co-directors, Joseph Blocher and Darrell Miller, participated as experts. The Report’s key findings include: (1) experts were divided on whether they favored more permissive or less permissive policies, with sharp differences on select laws […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 12/20/2021

Posted by on December 20, 2021

We’ve got our first case scheduled for a 2022 conference now. And the Court has several gun-related petitions that are set to come before it, including more bump stock cases. We’re still waiting to see what the Court does in Bruen. Because of the nature of the case, the Court is likely to continue working […]

Scholarship Highlight: The Constitutional Significance of the Home

Posted by on December 17, 2021

This past Term, the Supreme Court had several Fourth Amendment cases that were structured around the significance of one’s home. In Lange v. California and Caniglia v. Strom, the Court confronted questions about how officers’ entry into a home affects the constitutional analysis. I’ve written on the Second Amendment/firearms law implications for both cases, including […]