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Major 6th Circuit case today!

Tyler v. Hillsdale County — as-applied challenge to prohibition against those who have a mental commitment. Majority goes with strict scrutiny. Lengthy discussions of various prohibited person categories. Scalia’s "presumptively lawful" treated as ambitious, with note that under any…

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Shaking my head…

How many mistakes can the AP make in one short story? "Stand your ground" was not an issue in the Montana shooting. Nor in the George Zimmerman case. I’m sure Montana law, prior to the amendment, allowed self-defense in cases…

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CT Supreme Ct holds that Second Amendment protects "dirks" and riot batons

Prof. Volokh discusses the decision here….

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Australia awakens

Hmmm… the hostage taker had 40+ arrests for sexual assault (released on bond on all), for being an accessory to the murder of his wife (released on bond), and seven for harassing families who had lost a serviceman in Afghanistan…

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An interesting Fourth Amendment case

The Supreme Court today handed down Heien v. North Carolina. An officer stopped a car that had a brake light burned out, and in the course of the stop discovered cocaine. It turns out that the North Carolina traffic statutes…

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Lawsuit filed over Newtown murders

Story here. I really can’t see it as filed in good faith. Apart from the Lawful Commerce in Firearms Act problem (a massive one), where is the negligence (selling a lawful rifle?), how do they solve proximate causation (intentional criminal…

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NBC News and David Gregory’s non-prosecution

A ways back, NBC’s David Gregory appeared on Meet the Press, filmed in DC, flashing around a 30-round AR-15 magazine, in public violation of DC’s ban on such. DC was pressed to prosecute and, of course, declined. Legal Insurrection blog…

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Poll: more support for gun rights than for gun control

It’s the latest Pew survey. They started asking the question in 1993, when "gun control is more important" led by 57-34%. Its lead peaked in 1999, at 66-34%. Today "protecting gun rights is more important" leads, 52-46%. The big change…

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Gun control in Belize

An editorial from a Belize newspaper. "The gun and ammunition laws were passed, our legislators said, to make it difficult for our gangs to obtain the guns and bullets they need to rob law-abiding citizens and to murder each other….

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That’s the NPR I remember…

NRA is behind evil plot to allow Michigan teens to have BB guns….

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Potential mass murder stopped by incredible shot

In Austin, a gunman begins firing into buildings. An policeman going off-duty stops him with a 110 yard one-handed pistol shot. The officer was with the mounted unit, and holding two horses’ reins in his other hand; he scored a…

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Clueless at CNN

Here’s their story on the military seeking a new handgun to replace the Beretta. A few problems: The Beretta in the pic is appears to be a .32 pocket pistol. It’s illustrated with hollow point projectiles. The story says the…

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Well, that’s encouraging

Cleveland PD officer fatally shoots a 12 year old who is holding an airsoft gun. Now it appears that Cleveland hired him after another PD asked for his resignation, based on his emotional instability on the firing range. "During a…

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Peruta v. San Diego gets lively

The Ninth Circuit just ordered both sides to brief the petition for rehearing en banc, noting that "A judge of this Court having made a sua sponte call for a vote on whether this case should be reheard en banc…"…

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This is pitiful, part 10,026

An argument against State preemption: it prevents cities from stopping dueling. I suppose that in Pottstown PA there are already letters out, asking the satisfaction due a gentleman. I hope their seconds aren’t foolish enough to arrange the "encounter" on…

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Forum in DC: 12/11, noon

Announcement here. Brian D. Aitken will discuss his book "The Blue Tent Sky: How the Left’s War on Guns Cost Me My Son and My Freedom" at the Cato Institute. They’ll also have the discussion online. Hat tip to Alice…

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The (in)accuracy of gun ownership surveys

It’s been widely assumed that telephone surveys of gun owners understate the real numbers, because some proportion of them are reluctant to disclose ownership to a stranger. I recently found two pieces of research on the question. Arthur L. Kellerman,…

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Our oldest veteran should be an inspiration to us all

He drinks whiskey, enjoys cigars and is 108 years old….

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The holiday season looking good for the gun industry

Three background checks per second on Black Friday….

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California & Brady move for rehearing in Peruta

Story here. The three-judge panel rejected California’s very late motion to intervene (and thus to appeal further when the defendant sheriff was disinclined to do so), so the State and Brady Center are asking the Ninth Circuit to hear the…

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Data dump on Fast & Furious

Story here. It’s the DoJ memos on how to manipulate the press. "I’ve talked to NYT, NBC and NPR –gave them all this. NBC not likely to go. Still waiting on other two." "No stories..From NYT, AP, Reuters, WaPo, NBC,…

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Motion win in case against California waiting period

The US District Court had enjoined application of the ten day waiting period to three classes of gun buyers (I forget them now, but seem to remember that the largest one was persons who already owned a firearm–and also those…

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Followup to DC v. Heller, in DC

Story here. The battle in DC continues. Heller established that a ban on possession failed Second Amendment muster; this followup case secured the same ruling as to DC’s absolute ban on carrying. DC responded by adopting essentially a strict "may…

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Russia liberalizing arms carrying laws

Story here. Sounds like the Justice Minister was overridden. Hat tip to Joe Olson…….

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Mass killing at Jerusalem synagogue, Israel vows to crack down….

…by easing restrictions on gun ownership. Some folks have their heads screwed on straight….

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Motion in California 1st Amendment case

It’s a motion for preliminary injunction, i.e., to enjoin enforcement of the statute until trial or dispositive motions terminate the case. The statute in question forbids firearms dealers to display firearms, or advertising, any place where they are visible from…

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Motion in California 1st Amendment case

It’s a motion for preliminary injunction, i.e., to enjoin enforcement of the statute until trial or dispositive motions terminate the case. The statute in question forbids firearms dealers to display firearms, or advertising, any place where they are visible from…

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Stories like this make me shake my head

I’d say they make me pull my hair out, but I have little to pull, and pull my beard out just doesn’t have the ring. "Can a felon own a gun? 5 loopholes in Federal law". "Although Congress had already…

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Review of Steve Halbrook’s "Gun Control and the Third Reich"

The in-depth review is by Prof. Brian Anse Patrick….

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An air gun for big game?

The Quakenbush — a .458 air gun. I guess he decided, if it was good enough for Lewis and Clark, it’s good enough today….

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