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Carrying Guns at the Polls: What Does the Second Amendment Have To Say?

Posted by on February 10, 2021

Among the drama of this past election cycle was a flurry of debate over the question of whether Michiganders could carry their guns to the polls. On October 16, 2020, the Michigan Secretary of State issued a directive prohibiting the open carry of firearms at or within 100 feet of polling places on election day. […]

Strict Gun Laws Likely Saved Lives During the Capitol Insurrection

Posted by on January 27, 2021

The events of January 6, 2021 were tragic and shameful. Five people lost their lives as a result of the failed attempt to overthrow our elected government. But without the federal and D.C. gun laws in place, it could have been much worse. Scenes from around the country this summer demonstrate that, in the absence […]

Guns Laws, Decatur, and Protecting Black Lives

Posted by on January 20, 2021

I just finished Kathleen Belew’s excellent book, Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America, and one story there stuck out to me. It’s a story about racist violence motivating stricter gun regulations with particular resonance for this moment. In 1979, a small group of Black protesters was marching in protest of […]

Members of Congress Have Little Right to Bear Arms on Capitol Hill

Posted by on January 15, 2021

After last week’s riot at the Capitol, the acting House Sergeant-at-Arms implemented a new policy requiring House members to be screened for weapons before entering the House chamber.  On Tuesday, June 12, the U.S. Capitol Police declined to admit Rep. Lauren Boebert (R.-Colo.) to the floor of the House of Representatives after she refused to […]

Recent Center Commentary

Posted by on January 13, 2021

Over the past few weeks, Joseph and Darrell have done some commentary on the relationship between guns and democratic institutions. Joseph Blocher & Alan Chen, Why Do States Ban “Electioneering” but Allow Guns at Polling Places?, Slate (Jan. 5., 2021) Olivia Li, The Gun Rights Rhetoric That Helped Seed the Insurrectionist Mindset, The Trace (Jan. […]

Litigating Guns in Schools

Posted by on November 11, 2020

Last Friday, the Michigan Supreme Court issued an order in a case it was holding until the U.S. Supreme Court decided New York State Rifle & Pistol. The Michigan case, Wade v. University of Michigan, concerns the constitutionality of the University’s ban on weapons on campus property. In accepting review of the case, the Michigan […]

Update on Lawsuit Against Michigan Polling Place Restrictions on Open Carry

Posted by on October 30, 2020

As I wrote about earlier this week, there’s been a lot of recent action around Michigan’s new restrictions on carrying firearms into polling places. Although the legal challenge was not framed in Second Amendment terms, the individuals and gun-rights advocacy groups who brought the lawsuit presented the case as a conflict between their right to […]

Litigation Highlight: Lawsuit Over Michigan’s Restrictions on Guns in Polling Places

Posted by on October 28, 2020

On October 16, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson issued a memo in her capacity as “chief election officer with supervisory control over local election officials in the performance of their duties.” In that memo, Benson “clarif[ied]” that open carrying of firearms at or within 100 feet of a polling place is prohibited. The directive […]

In Florida, is labor law the only thing that stops a good teacher with a gun?

Posted by on August 12, 2019

This fall, students in Florida will head back to school with legislation in place allowing districts to permit teachers to carry guns in the classroom. But labor law concerns might explain why districts aren’t adding holsters and ammunition to teachers’ supply lists anytime soon.

Litigation Highlight: United States v. Class (D.C. Cir. 2019)

Posted by on July 22, 2019

Last Friday, the D.C. Circuit decided a big Second Amendment case, in which a defendant challenged his conviction for violating the federal law banning firearms on “Capitol Grounds.” In United States v. Class, the panel upheld the regulation against Second Amendment and Due Process challenges. The decision adds important context to the “sensitive places” doctrine […]