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About Patrick J. Charles

Legislative Fellow, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich.  See profile:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-j-charles-110b184/

Written by Patrick J. Charles

The Black Panthers, NRA, Ronald Reagan, Armed Extremists, and the Second Amendment

Posted by on April 8, 2020

In 1967, California codified into law A.B 1591, otherwise known at the Mulford Act.  Sponsored by Oakland assemblyman Don Mulford, A.B. 1591 made it a felony to publicly carry any firearm—either openly or concealed—in public places without a governmental license to do so.  The law came about after the events of May 2, 1967, when […]

The 90th Anniversary of NRA’s First Guiding Legislative Policies and the Implications for NYSRPA v. City of New York

Posted by on December 1, 2019

Ninety years ago today, in the December edition of American Rifleman, the National Rifle Association (NRA) published the editorial “Merry Christmas—And Gun Laws.” The editorial’s anniversary is noteworthy for two reasons.  First, its publication marked the first time that the NRA provided guidance as to the types of firearms legislation the organization would and would […]

The Untold, Somewhat Embarrassing Story Behind the NRA’s Laudatory Messages from President’s Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower

Posted by on September 23, 2019

To say the history of gun rights is full of hyperboles, misnomers, and myths would be an understatement.  Time and time again, when historians examine the history of gun rights, it turns out that what is long claimed to be settled history is more nominal than real.  There is an abundance of examples of this, […]