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NYSBA Journal Includes Our Guide to Strengthening Gun Laws in New York

Posted on Friday, September 14th, 2012

The New York State Bar Association devoted the summer 2012 issue of its Government, Law and Policy Journal to an in-depth discussion of gun laws, public health, and public safety, and invited the Law Center, as well as other gun violence prevention organizations, public health experts, elected officials, and scholars, to contribute to the conversation. We are pleased to share our contribution, which analyzes the current laws on the books in New York.

Our article, entitled “Regulating Guns in New York: Existing State Laws and How They Could Be Strengthened,” focuses on six key legislative approaches to preventing gun violence that New York should adopt. For each approach, the article details New York’s existing law, or lack thereof, recommends how the law should be changed, and presents examples of relevant existing laws in other states and New York City.

Recent polling confirms that a strong majority of New Yorkers support limiting the number of handguns an individual can buy to one a month and strengthening the state’s laws regulating firearm sales, two of the critical issues that we discuss in our article.

This article is reprinted with permission from Government, Law and Policy Journal, Summer 2012, Vol. 14, No. 1, published by the New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207.

The Truth About the Fast and Furious Scandal

Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

The Truth About the Fast and Furious Scandal
Katherine Eban, Fortune, June 27, 2012

An important, in-depth investigation into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Fast and Furious program, a group of Phoenix, Arizona-area gun trafficking cases under ATF’s Project Gunrunner.  Project Gunrunner is a national initiative of ATF aimed at reducing U.S.-Mexico border drug and gun trafficking.

While most media stories have focused on the allegation that ATF let traffickers “walk” with guns – intentionally allowing criminal suspects to traffic firearms in the hope that the guns or the illegal possessor might lead law enforcement to more serious criminal activity – Fortune magazine’s investigation reveals that ATF never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, contrary to the misinformation being disseminated by the gun lobby and those opposed to the Obama Administration.  The greatest problems with Fast and Furious have been ATF’s lack of resources to enforce federal laws, and convincing federal prosecutors that there are sufficient grounds to seize guns and arrest straw purchasers, cases made more difficult because of notoriously weak federal and state gun laws.

Pending Legislation Worries Restaurant, Bar Owners

Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Pending Legislation Worries Restaurant, Bar Owners
Stephanie Carroll Carson, The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, June 20, 2012

North Carolina is considering legislation that would allow persons with state concealed-carry permits to bring their handguns into restaurants and bars.  Business owners and the general public are concerned about the public safety implications of the proposed law.

Louisiana On Its Way to Passing Strongest Pro-Gun Law in U.S.

Posted on Friday, May 25th, 2012

Louisiana On Its Way to Passing Strongest Pro-Gun Law in U.S.
Ashley Portero, International Business Times, May 25, 2012

Louisiana recently passed legislation that would amend the state constitution to remove language specifically allowing the state to regulate concealed weapons, and provide that the right to keep and bear arms is “fundamental and shall not be infringed.”  The proposed amendment – which now must be adopted by the voters of Louisiana – also takes the highly unique step of enshrining in the state constitution a higher standard of proof for determining the constitutionality of any law that may restrict Louisiana residents’ ability to own and carry guns.

Citizens Stand Their Ground in Pennsylvania

Posted on Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Citizens Stand Their Ground in Pa.
Jon Rutter, Lancaster Online.com, May 20, 2012

This story discusses “shoot first” legislation in Pennsylvania, referencing the Law Center’s information on the issue.

Online Gun Business Based in Pleasant Hill Condo Raises Concerns

Posted on Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Online Gun Business Based in Pleasant Hill Condo Raises Concerns
Lisa P. White, Contra Costa Times, May 12, 2012

This article discusses a San Francisco Bay Area community’s public safety fight against allowing a person to operate a gun dealership out of his home.

Open Carrying: Provocative Conduct, Dangerous Consequences

Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Open Carrying: Provocative Conduct, Dangerous Consequences
Lindsay Nichols, Legal Community Against Violence, U.S. News & World Report “Debate Club,” April 25, 2012

The Law Center presents the public safety side of the open carry issue.  Contrary to the gun lobby’s misleading advocacy, the open carrying of firearms wastes law enforcement resources and jeopardizes, rather than aids, public safety.

Second Amendment No Match for Pinole Zoning Ordinance

Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Second Amendment No Match for Pinole Zoning Ordinance
Tom Barnidge, Contra Costa Times, April 18, 2012

This piece discusses a San Francisco Bay Area city’s successful adoption of a zoning ordinance change to prevent gun dealers from operating out of their homes, and the creation of a licensing process for gun dealers.

Trayvon Martin Tragedy Reverberates in Nevada

Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Trayvon Martin Tragedy Reverberates in Nevada
Paul Takahashi, Las Vegas Sun, April 11, 2012

In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting tragedy in Florida, many states rethink their own “shoot first” laws, and communities struggle with the racial and public safety implications of such laws and their consequences.  This article chronicles a forum held at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas that attempts to make sense of the shooting – and the state’s “shoot first” law.

Companies Pressured Over Ties to “Stand Your Ground” Group

Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Companies Pressured Over Ties to ‘Stand Your Ground’ Group
James O’Toole, CNN Money, April 10, 2012

Following the Trayvon Martin shooting, advocates against Florida’s broad – and controversial – “shoot first” law put pressure on companies to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative group that actively promoted Florida’s “shoot first” law to state legislatures across the country.