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The Biden Administration Gun Plan

Posted by on December 2, 2020

On his campaign website, President-Elect Joe Biden lists several of his administration’s priorities for firearm regulation. Since the actual policy proposals are not spelled out in depth, it is hard to evaluate the precise details of his plan. And, of course, the ones that require congressional action are much less likely to pass if the […]

Reflections on the Ninth Circuit’s LCM Decision

Posted by on August 26, 2020

Yesterday, I wrote about the Ninth’s Circuit’s decision in Duncan v. Becerra, striking down CA’s ban on large-capacity magazines (LCMs). Today I offer a few observations from my reading of the case. First, I think the bulk of the majority’s analysis at step one of the two-part step is helpful and mostly accurate. It’s useful […]

The Ninth Circuit Strikes Down California’s Ban on Large-Capacity Magazines

Posted by on August 25, 2020

Last year a federal district court in California became the first federal court to conclude that a ban on magazines holding more than 10 rounds violates the Second Amendment. A few weeks ago, in Duncan v. Becerra, a panel of the Ninth Circuit became the first federal appellate court to do so. Before this decision, […]

Unbannable Arms?

Posted by on November 15, 2019

When it comes to the “Arms” protected by the Second Amendment, the conceptual space is typically divided into two categories. Some weapons, like those that are “dangerous and unusual,” can be banned without raising any constitutional problems. For those that are not dangerous and unusual, the government has to satisfy some requisite level of scrutiny. […]

Two New Second Amendment Cert Petitions

Posted by on September 26, 2019

In the last few weeks, two new cert petitions have been filed asking the Supreme Court to review recurrent issues in litigation over the right to keep and bear arms. Below are links to the petitions and excerpts of their Questions Presented. We’ll be watching these as the Court comes back to a new Term […]