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158 ABA Journal Second Amendment articles.

DC Circuit refuses to block ban on bump stocks; SCOTUS also had refused to intervene

Gun rights groups are losing their battles to stop a ban on bump stocks from taking effect.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to…

Federal judge refuses to block regulatory ban on bump stocks, used to accelerate gunfire

A regulation that bans bump stocks can take effect on March 26, a federal judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich of Washington, D.C., refused to grant a…

From Columbine to Parkland: How have school shootings changed us?

The 10 years that Dave Cullen spent researching and reporting on the 1999 shootings in Littleton, Colorado, for his book Columbine were so draining that he experienced secondary PTSD. So on Feb. 14, 2018, when he heard about the shootings at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, he had no initial intention of writing about them. But in the nearly 20 years since the Columbine shootings changed our expectations about school safety, there had been a number of changes—including what the children directly impacted were able to do to change our national conversations about gun laws.

Attorney charged with misdemeanor after carrying firearm into courthouse

A Pittsburgh defense attorney who brought a gun into the Allegheny County Courthouse on Tuesday will be charged with a third-degree misdemeanor.

Komron Jon Maknoon, 47, owner of Maknoon &…

Supreme Court agrees to hear first Second Amendment case since 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide the constitutionality of a New York City ordinance that bars its residents from transporting handguns beyond city limits.

The case is…

3rd Circuit upholds ban on firearm magazines carrying more than 10 rounds

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld New Jersey’s ban on firearm magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Philadelphia ruled 2-1 that…

Chief of 3D gun blueprint manufacturer accused in sexual assault of teen

A minor told forensic investigators in Texas that she was paid to have sex with Cody Wilson, the former law student who in June reached a settlement with the U.S.…

Judge extends online ban on 3D gun blueprints; company begins selling flash-drive copies

Updated: A federal judge in Seattle has found that a former law student’s presumed First Amendment interests in publishing online blueprints for plastic 3D printed guns are “dwarfed by the irreparable harms” likely to be suffered by the states if federal restrictions on the blueprints are lifted.

Amended suit by NRA says New York crackdown has led to financial hardship

The National Rifle Association has filed an amended lawsuit against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that contends the state has caused financial hardship by discouraging banks and insurers from doing business with the organization.

Judge blocks publication of blueprints for 3D-printed guns in multistate suit

A federal judge in Washington state has issued a temporary restraining order that blocks the Trump administration from allowing publication of blueprints to produce guns from 3D printers.

U.S. District…

Kavanaugh seems to shun gun registration laws, but may not oppose license training requirements

If appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh could be less hospitable to gun regulation—and more likely to vote in favor of cert grants on gun cases—than the…

9th Circuit panel finds a constitutional right to openly carry a gun, distinguishes en banc decision

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a 2-1 decision that the Second Amendment protects the right to openly carry a gun for self-defense outside of the home.

The San…

Lawsuit settlement will allow online blueprints for 3D-printed guns

Beginning Aug. 1, a Texas company will be able to publish its blueprints to make guns from 3D printers without fear of reprisal by the U.S. State Department.

Defense Distributed…

Top court in Massachusetts strikes down stun gun ban, says licensing requirement would be OK

The highest court in Massachusetts followed the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court when it struck down a state ban on civilians owning stun guns on Tuesday.

How would you amend the Constitution?

This week, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens suggested that students and others who participated in last Saturday's March for Our Lives rallies should demand more than just gun-control legislation—they should demand that the Second Amendment be repealed.

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