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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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Amy Coney Barrett on Guns

Posted by on October 14, 2020

With just a few years on the bench, Judge Barrett has already developed a surprisingly deep record on guns and the Second Amendment. These cases suggest a special solicitude for gun owners and users—and not just for the paradigmatic “law-abiding, responsible” ones. Indeed, in her Second Amendment and criminal law cases, she has several times […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 10/12/20

Posted by on October 12, 2020

Because today’s a Supreme Court holiday, we won’t get the order list from last Friday’s conference until tomorrow at 9:30. When that list comes out we’ll be watching the Rodriguez case, which was relisted from last week’s conference. The rhetoric in the petition papers is heated (the petitioners call the decision below an example of […]

Scholarship Highlight Interview: Goss & Lacombe on Heller & Policy Feedback Effects

Posted by on October 9, 2020

For the most recent scholarship highlight interview, I sat down with Kristin A. Goss (Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University) and Matthew J. Lacombe (Barnard College) to discuss their terrifically fascinating article, Do Courts Change Politics? Heller and the Limits of Policy Feedback Effects, recently published in the Emory Law Journal. Here is the […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 10/5/20

Posted by on October 5, 2020

The Supreme Court’s new term officially starts today. It released an order list this morning with the petitions it considered at its Long Conference last week. The Court denied cert in Zoie H., a case challenging the ability of a state to temporarily deprive Second Amendment rights after a juvenile adjudication without a jury. Paul […]

Symposium Keynote Speaker: U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

Posted by on September 30, 2020

We are thrilled to announce that the keynote speaker for our Second Amendment symposium next month with the Northwestern University Law Review will be United States Senator Chris Murphy. Senator Murphy has been actively involved in the ongoing debate over the Second Amendment and the scope of the right to keep and bear arms in […]

Fall 2020 Second Amendment Symposium

Posted by on September 28, 2020

We are incredibly excited to announce that the Center’s 2020 Symposium – The Second Amendment’s Next Chapter – will be hosted by the Northwestern Law Review on Friday, October 9, 2020. We have a stellar line-up of prominent scholars from a diverse set of perspectives and methodologies. Given the recent passing of Justice Ruth Bader […]

Scholarship Highlight: 2019 Center Symposium Articles

Posted by on September 25, 2020

We are very excited that the articles from our 2019 Symposium, Gun Rights and Regulation Outside the Home, have now been published by Law & Contemporary Problems. We’re grateful for all the terrific contributors and to the excellent L&CP student editors. Little did we know that the open issues we identified more than a year […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 9/21/20

Posted by on September 21, 2020

Next week, the Supreme Court begins its work of the new Term one member short. Justice Ginsburg’s death leaves the Court with 8 justices as it considers the cert petitions that have accumulated over the summer recess at its Tuesday conference. What happens with that open seat—and when it gets filled—may have an immense impact […]

Heller’s Certitude

Posted by on September 18, 2020

This week, Joseph and I taught the Heller case in our Second Amendment seminar. That case is complex, and the history is deeply contested by Justice Scalia and Justice Stevens. I’ve read a good chunk of the original sources they debate and many more of the historians whose work they invoke to support their respective […]

Scholarship Highlight Interview: Stoever on Firearms and Domestic Violence Fatalities

Posted by on September 16, 2020

For our next interview, I sat down with Jane Stoever to discuss her article, Firearms and Domestic Violence Fatalities: Preventable Deaths, recently published in the Family Law Quarterly. Jane is Clinical Professor of Law at University of California, Irvine School of Law (shout out to UCI, my undergrad alma mater—zot zot), as well as director […]