The Newtown Reality: The Fight Over the Second Amendment & Smart Gun Laws

Posted on January 8, 2014

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It has been a year since the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, and in this year, so much has changed. While the efforts to prevent gun violence have been bogged down in gridlock, partisanship, and polarization at the federal level, the issue is very much alive at the state and local levels, from California and Colorado to Texas and Florida.

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is bringing together three thoughtful legal experts to discuss what is going on in the states, how effective regulation can be crafted within the restraints of the Second Amendment and the political dynamics that surround the issue. Please join us for what will surely be a fascinating panel discussion.

THE NEWTOWN REALITY:
The Fight Over the Second Amendment and Smart Gun Laws

January 9, 2014 | Noon – 1:30 PM
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
355 South Grand Ave, 35th Floor | Los Angeles

FREE | RSVP REQUIRED
CLE CREDIT AVAILABLE | Lunch will be served.

ON THE PANEL:
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law
Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney
Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence


 

MORE ON THE SPEAKERS:
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law
Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law.

As an expert in constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation, he frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. He is the author of seven books, most recently, The Conservative Assault on the Constitution (October 2010, Simon & Schuster), and nearly 200 articles in top law reviews. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney
Mike Feuer was elected Los Angeles City Attorney this May. He recently served six years in the California State Assembly where he was Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Mike has a solid history as a champion of smart gun laws. He wrote the Crime Gun Identification Act, supported by more than sixty police chiefs, requiring that new semi-automatic hand guns be micro-stamped so that bullet casings are imprinted with data establishing who purchased the gun that fired them. Mike previously served for six years on the Los Angeles City Council, where he wrote some of the toughest laws in the nation to curb gun violence.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.

Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Robyn Thomas has been the Executive Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence for seven years. She is an expert in gun law policy and works tirelessly to promote smart gun laws that save lives. Before working in the non-profit arena, she practiced law at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP and at Milberg LLP in New York. She is a graduate of Duke University and University of Miami School of Law.