As Americans celebrate Independence Day this week, state authorities will be armed with all sorts of new ways to restrict our liberty and control us. This includes several states starting to crack down on any cellphone use while driving—and giving police a new pretense for pulling people over. One such place is Illinois, where it’s […]
This question is in the news because of the St. Louis controversy (see, e.g., here and here ); but I thought I’d discuss it more broadly, because the answer is surprisingly unsettled. [1.] To begin with, recall that, as a general matter, you can lawfully use deadly force to prevent death, serious bodily injury, kidnapping, or […]
In last week’s decision by Judge Kenneth D. Bell in Benzing v. N.C. (W.D.N.C.) : On January 27, 2014, Plaintiff Charles Benzing was sentenced to thirty-six months of supervised probation in Wake County Superior Court in North Carolina as a result of criminal contempt violations related to his conduct in connection with domestic disputes…. The […]
From Justice Massa’s unanimous opinion in Gammons v. State , decided Friday: At his trial for attempted murder and carrying a handgun without a license, Anthony Gammons, Jr. asserted that he acted in self-defense. According to Gammons, he feared for his and his son’s lives when he shot the intoxicated and aggressive Derek Gilbert—testifying that […]
This week Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R–Ga.) described a handful of protesters carrying guns in public as “mob rule.” Is Loeffler the rare conservative politician with a history of calling for expanded gun controls? That doesn’t appear the case. Here’s a tweet from her from January expressing appreciation for National Rifle Association President Carolyn Meadows: Great to […]
As Democrats and other leftists push to defund the police, gun stores around the country are witnessing a surge in gun and ammunition purchases.
Courtney Lancaster says she was surprised to see a police patrol car pull up to her home and an officer come to her door. Despite her misgivings, she allowed the police to search her home, and they went to her 11-year-old son’s room. It turns out that during a video lesson a teacher at Maryland’s […]
Clarence Thomas Upbraids SCOTUS for 'Prolonging Our Decade-Long Failure to Protect the Second Amendment'
In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the U.S. Supreme Court struck down D.C.’s local handgun ban because it violated the individual right to keep and bear arms secured by the Second Amendment. In McDonald v. Chicago (2010), the Court enforced that right against the states, invalidating a similar handgun ban in Chicago. The Court […]
West Palm Beach, Florida, Mayor Keith James declared a state of emergency after protests spurred by the death of George Floyd. The declaration banned the sale of alcohol, guns and ammunition and prevented store owners from displaying weapons for 72 hours.
“It’s the job of law enforcement to have guns and to decide when to shoot. You just do not want the average citizen carrying a gun in a crowded place.” Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made that comment in December, after an armed citizen may have averted a mass shooting by killing a […]
After 2017’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump vowed to ban bump stocks, a type of firearm accessory that the shooter reportedly used. “We can do that with an executive order,” Trump declared. “They’re working on it right now, the lawyers.” The lawyers at the Department of Justice (DOJ) came up with a […]
Last month, California’s attorney general publicly patted himself on the back over raids and arrests resulting from failed background checks for people attempting to purchase ammunition. The multiple police operations and inevitable press release were likely a slap at a federal judge who ruled against such background checks in April. The raids were also dangerous, […]