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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 10/11/2021

Posted by on October 11, 2021

With the orders from the Long Conference handed down last week, we are looking at a smaller list of pending Second Amendment and firearms-law related cert petitions. I suspect that whatever the Court does in Bruen is sure to invite many more challenges and a greater call for continued court involvement. Petitions Pending Case Ct. […]

Scholarship Highlight: New Drafts on Gun Centricity and Military Power

Posted by on October 6, 2021

A few new articles have been recently posted on SSRN that raise questions concerning firearms law and the Second Amendment, including about how gun-centric case law & theory distorts Second Amendment doctrine and how the Constitution describes and prescribes military power of the United States. Eric Ruben, Law of the Gun: Unrepresentative Cases and Distorted […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 10/4/21

Posted by on October 4, 2021

The Supreme Court’s new Term is officially underway today. This Term is shaping up to be a significant one, and Bruen is no small part of that significance. The Court has also released the order list from its long conference last week, and I have updated the chart accordingly. (I also added one case that […]

Pieces Reviewing Ayres and Vars’ Weapon of Choice

Posted by on October 1, 2021

The Quinnipiac Law Review recently published a series of essays from a symposium discussion of Ian Ayres and Frederisk Vars’ recent book, Weapon of Choice: Fighting Gun Violence While Respecting Gun Rights. I wasn’t able to find publicly accessible copies, but some excerpts are below (including from our own Joseph Blocher).  Joseph Blocher, Two Concepts of […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 9/27/21

Posted by on September 27, 2021

The amicus briefs supporting the State have now been filed in Bruen, and all the briefing is complete except for the challengers’ reply brief. In about a month (on Nov. 3), the Court will be hearing oral arguments in the case, and then sometime in the months after that we will have a new Second […]

Scholarship Highlight: New Work on Who the Second Amendment Protects

Posted by on September 22, 2021

The past few weeks have led to a host of new scholarship, including ones that centrally focus on issues of who the Second Amendment protects. Ben Ramberg, Prior Involuntary Institutionalization Does Not Justify a Lifetime Second Amendment Ban: An Originalist Approach to 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(4), Kansas Journal of Law & Pubic Policy, 2021 Forthcoming Abstract: […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 9/20/21

Posted by on September 20, 2021

The State’s brief has now been filed in Bruen and we’re only one week away from the Supreme Court’s Long Conference, in which it will consider whether to take up several other pending Second Amendment challenges, including major challenge to open carry laws (Young), large-capacity magazine bans (ANRPC), and as-applied challenges to certain person-based prohibitors […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 9/13/21

Posted by on September 13, 2021

Last week, the Supreme Court announced that it will be live-streaming oral arguments for the beginning of the term, which means that Bruen will be livestreamed at the Court’s website on November 3. The Center will have near-live coverage of arguments, and I may even live tweet (@JacobCharlesNC) through them if I can do so […]

Guns in America: Annenberg Classroom Releases Film on the Second Amendment

Posted by on September 8, 2021

The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania has released a new film about Guns in America just in time for Constitution Day (Sept. 17). The short film includes a fair amount of perspective from all sides of the debate and is a great resource for a quick overview of the history and […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 9/6/21

Posted by on September 6, 2021

In just three weeks, the Supreme Court will reconvene to consider all the pending cert petitions that accumulated over its summer recess. The Term officially begins in about a month, and it is shaping up to be a momentous one. On the Second Amendment front, we’re watching to see if the Court will take any […]