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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.

Written by Jake Charles

Cert Petition Highlight: Beers v. Barr & Prohibited Persons

Posted by on January 17, 2020

In his telling, Bradley Beers was having a really bad day in 2005 when, as a 19-year-old college student, he returned home “deeply overwhelmed and stressed” about school. He threatened to take his life, so his mother took him to a local hospital for mental health treatment. The hospital committed him on an involuntary basis. […]

Teaching the Second Amendment at Duke Law

Posted by on January 15, 2020

This semester, I’m co-teaching with Joseph Blocher a seminar called Second Amendment: History, Theory, and Practice. A copy of our syllabus is available here. We just started the course yesterday and the discussion was deep, lively, and wide-ranging. I expect each week the fantastic students will bring this same level of insight and engagement to […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 1/13/20

Posted by on January 13, 2020

The new year at the Supreme Court started the same as the last one ended: silence and anticipation. The new orders released this morning held no signs of action on NYSRPA and news that the Court did not act on the cert petitions in Guedes, which challenges the Trump Administration’s ban on bump stocks, or […]

New Center for Firearms Law Research Affiliate

Posted by on January 10, 2020

The Center is happy to announce our first Research Affiliate for 2020: Kathryn Albrecht. Kat is a JD/PhD (Sociology) student at Northwestern. We are extremely happy to have Kat as a Center Research Affiliate and look forward to sharing more of her work in this space. Below is her bio – and you can check […]

Caetano’s Erasure

Posted by on January 8, 2020

Open any of the myriad of news articles discussing New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York, and you are likely to find descriptions of the case as “[t]he first gun rights case at the U.S. Supreme Court in a decade,” or something like that. The Wall Street Journal, for instance, […]

AALS Hot Topic Panel on the Second Amendment and the Future of Heller

Posted by on January 6, 2020

(Photo Credit: Nora V. Demleitner) This past Saturday, the Center was fortunate to organize a hot topic panel discussion at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. We used NYSRPA as a jumping off point to talk about open issues in Second Amendment law and scholarship. The main themes the speakers […]

The Year Ahead in Firearms Law and the Second Amendment

Posted by on January 2, 2020

Before looking forward to the big cases, issues, and expectations for the year ahead in firearms law, we’d like to highlight the Center for Firearms Law’s achievements this past year. After launching in February, we hosted a roundtable discussion with historians of English and Irish history, held the first ever Firearms Law Works-in-Progress Workshop, and […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 12/30/19

Posted by on December 30, 2019

At the close of the year of the first Second Amendment cert grant in nearly a decade (setting Caetano aside), there are half a dozen petitions that have been discussed at conference and are awaiting the Court’s resolution of NYSRPA. That resolution could come next week, or it could take another 6 months. But one […]

NYSRPA Discussion with Nina Totenberg

Posted by on December 23, 2019

Two weeks ago, the Center was fortunate to host an event in Washington, D.C. on the oral arguments in NYSRPA. Like much of the commentary on this blog, and from Center leadership in media outlets, the focus was both on the signals from NYSRPA about the current justices’ approach to Second Amendment questions and about […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 12/23/19

Posted by on December 23, 2019

Another relatively quiet week on the Court’s gun docket. Two cases became fully briefed: Guedes which concerns the Trump Administration’s bump stock ban, and Worman, which concerns Massachusetts’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Guedes was distributed for conference in January, but Worman has not yet been scheduled for conference. (Lastly, I’ll just note […]