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Parking Lot Laws: A History

Posted by on June 17, 2020

Parking lot laws, also called “bring your gun to work” or “guns-at-work” laws, are state laws that prohibit property owners or employers from preventing individuals from storing firearms in their parked vehicles in the property owner or employer’s parking area. These laws subordinate employers and property owners’ right to regulate their own property to the […]

Gunpowder, Plague, and Tradition

Posted by on April 2, 2020

In 1720, writer and self-designated medical expert Joseph Browne published his A Practical Treatise of the Plague, in which he extolled the benefits of the “firing of Guns, especially Cannon” to “purify” an atmosphere laden with pestilence.  In recommending this approach, Browne had significant company.  It appears that igniting gunpowder had been the folk medicine […]

Scholarship Highlight: Cottrol & Diamond on Public Safety and the Second Amendment

Posted by on February 6, 2020

Robert Cottrol and Ray Diamond have posted on SSRN a new piece on Public Safety and the Right to Bear Arms. In the piece, Cottrol and Diamond provide a detailed and thorough examination of the debates and historical understanding that influenced codification of the Second Amendment and its interpretation in the ensuing years, decades, and […]

Guns and Lattes: Lethal Analogies and the Future of the Second Amendment

Posted by on December 20, 2019

In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York, the first gun case to reach the high court in almost a decade, gun rights advocates pushed their conception of the scope of the right in a novel direction.  The city regulation being challenged in the case restricted New […]

More on Text, History, and Tradition and NYSRPA

Posted by on December 18, 2019

Much of the oral argument in NYSRPA v. New York City dealt with mootness: whether there was even a case or controversy before the court, as required by Article III of the United States Constitution.   But someday, whether in NYSRPA or some other case, the Court will have to address the question of which method […]

The “Text, History, and Tradition” Alternative

Posted by on December 5, 2019

I’ve written previously about the surprising agreement among courts of appeals interpreting and applying the Second Amendment. They all agree, for instance, that the standard two-part framework is the best way to analyze Second Amendment challenges. Under that framework, the first question is whether the challenged law burdens conduct protected by the Constitution; if it […]

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 […]

One Gun Policy Idea We Can Agree On: Magazine Regulation

Posted by on October 10, 2019

Gun policy change in America seems to have come to a fork in the road: on the one hand, the forces favoring stronger gun laws have become more numerous, more vocal, and arguably more successful. On the other hand, the infusion of new, very conservative judicial appointments coming from the Trump administration who seem to […]

Scholarship Highlight: Lund on Second Amendment Methodology

Posted by on October 4, 2019

Nelson Lund has posted a new paper to SSRN, History and Tradition in Second Amendment Jurisprudence, forthcoming in the University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy. Lund’s paper is fascinating and provocative. He argues that the approach advocated by then-Judge Kavanaugh—that focuses on text, history, and tradition in lieu of traditional methods of […]

Retrospective on Fall Symposium: Gun Rights and Regulation Outside the Home

Posted by on September 30, 2019

Last Friday, the Center hosted its fall symposium on Gun Rights and Regulation Outside the Home. The discussions generated through the panel presentations and Q&A portion of the event were engaging and thought-provoking. We intentionally convened scholars from a broad variety of disciplines and viewpoints. Judging by the presentations, there’s no doubt that the spring issue […]