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Bruen, Analogies, and the Quest for Goldilocks History

Posted by on June 28, 2022

On June 23, 2022, the Supreme Court issued its first major Second Amendment decision in a dozen years. In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the Court declared New York’s restrictive may-issue licensing law unconstitutional. The 6-3 decision written by Justice Thomas supercharges the Second Amendment and upends a host of settled […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 6/27/22

Posted by on June 27, 2022

Last Thursday, the Court issued Bruen, declaring NY’s concealed carry law unconstitutional. We’ll have much more coverage on the blog, starting later this week. Now, we’ll wait to see whether any of the held cases are taken up or sent back to lower courts. Petitions Pending Case Ct. Below Pet. Filed Implicated Law/Issue Status New […]

The Bruen Opinion

Posted by on June 24, 2022

Yesterday the Supreme Court issued its Bruen decision, holding that NY’s strict concealed carry law is unconstitutional and mandating that lower courts assess Second Amendment claims by reference only to history. We’ll be writing much more about it here, but today we have the Center’s annual firearms law works-in-progress workshop, so I’ll just post a link […]

NYSRPA v. Bruen and the Future of the Sensitive Places Doctrine

Posted by and on June 22, 2022

As we await the Supreme Court’s decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen—which will address the extent to which states can regulate public carry through licensing—the question of whether states can prohibit firearms in specific locations has become increasingly salient. During the Bruen oral argument, the justices posed hypothetical questions as to whether states could restrict firearms […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 6/20/22

Posted by on June 20, 2022

It’s coming down to the last few weeks of the Term, and we’re expecting Bruen any day now. When the Court issues Bruen we will also get better insight into whether it plans to send the held cases back down or take one or more of them up. Petitions Pending Case Ct. Below Pet. Filed […]

Second Amendment Protections and the Court’s Marginal Deterrence Analysis

Posted by on June 17, 2022

A few weeks ago, Jake Charles raised an important point here when he compared the recent Eleventh Circuit decision in United States v. Jimenez-Shilon with Justice Thomas’ opinion, released the same day in Shinn v. Martinez Ramirez: in contrast to the Eleventh Circuit’s purist text-and-history approach to the Second Amendment, which precludes the invocation of […]

The Myth of the “Massachusetts Model”

Posted by on June 16, 2022

The title of Saul Cornell’s recent blog post—The Myth of Non-enforcement of Gun Laws in Nineteenth Century America—leaves the impression that I will argue that nineteenth-century gun restrictions went unenforced.  I will make no such argument.  In some places, laws regulating the carrying of weapons were enforced strictly.  In others, they were ignored.  Some authorities […]

SCOTUS Gun Watch – Week of 6/13/22

Posted by on June 13, 2022

In its orders last week, the Court denied cert in the McCloskey’s Second Amendment challenge to their state bar discipline. There’s also one new cert petition based on a license revocation in D.C. Petitions Pending Case Ct. Below Pet. Filed Implicated Law/Issue Status New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen (20-843) 2d Cir. […]

New AALS Section on Firearms Law

Posted by on June 10, 2022

We’re very excited to report a newly approved Section on Firearms Law through the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), which “has the dual responsibility of serving law schools and their deans as their institutional membership organization, and individual law school faculty and administrators as their learned society.” The new  Section, launched just a few […]

Von Lossberg v. State: State Liability for Gun Suicides & the Background Check System

Posted by on June 8, 2022

The Idaho Supreme Court recently held that the state could be held liable in a wrongful death action for negligently failing to add a name to the database used in gun purchase background checks.  In Von Lossberg v. State, the parents of a young man who committed suicide with a gun sued the state, the […]