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Supreme Court Justice Talks Candidly About Rewriting the Constitution

Ken Blackwell | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

Justice John Paul Stevens doesn't believe anyone has the right to own a gun, and admits that you would need to rewrite the Constitution to make his pr...

As Gunmen Continue to Terrorize Our Public Places, the Courts Continue to Weaken Our Gun Laws

Brian Levin | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Must we treat the Constitution, and its Second Amendment, as static and sacrosanct, as the bloodshed spirals onward? From a historical perspective, the answer is no.

Campuses Just Say 'No' to Guns

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Robert J. Spitzer

College campuses are places of learning, not the Hobbesian world suggested by gun carry advocates. No good argument can be made that gun-carrying civilians would improve objective safety.

Daley Takes A Last Shot At Gun Control

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's outgoing mayor has long been a vocal proponent of gun control legislation. As the CEO of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, Mayor Da...

Reading the Constitution: Originalism That Defies History

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Originalism has been manipulated by the right to mask its approach to determining the values enforced by the Constitution. The originalists of the right are entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own text, and not to their own history.

The NRA's Courtroom Craziness

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

In the delusional world of the NRA's leaders, people can be divided into good guys and bad -- and the good guys never commit violent acts. In that world it follows that we should simply arm the good guys so they can shoot back at the bad guys. For the NRA, this "logic" applies just as well to teenagers as to adults. Back on planet Earth, we understand that far too many 18 year olds who appear to be "good" actually will do some very bad things, and creating a constitutional right for teenagers to carry concealed weapons is nothing but lunacy.

Right Wing Militias and the NRA: Second Amendment Soulmates

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

In America, the threat of terrorism is real, but it does not originate with Al Qaeda alone. The danger of homegrown right wing political violence is just as real.

New Court Ruling Throws Cold Water on "Gun Rights" Celebration

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

The U.S. v. Skoien ruling is a bucket of cold water thrown on the "gun rights" celebration following the Supreme Court's decision last month in McDonald v. City of Chicago striking down Chicago's handgun ban.

Chicago Police To Fingerprint Gun Owners Under New Ordinance

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis says the department will fingerprint anyone who wants to legally own a handgun in the city. We...

Future of Guns Laws After McDonald

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Even after the landmark Supreme Court decisions that gave individuals across the country a right to have a gun in the home for self-defense, the gun lobby still isn't happy.

Gun Rights Advocates SUE Mayor Daley, City Of Chicago Over New Handgun Ordinance

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gun rights advocates in Illinois filed a federal lawsuit against Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago Tuesday, claiming the city's gun ordinance--put i...

Passing the Sword

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Two summers ago, I blogged with great concern about a statement made by Justice Scalia in the Supreme Court's landmark Second Amendment opinion, District of Columbia v. Heller. Since the Heller decision, many gun rights commentators have used Scalia's construct to link the need for unfettered access to firearms with a right to engage in political violence against the Obama administration. Now, the same five-justice majority as in Heller determined that the holding applies to the states.

Kagan and Guns

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

The NRA accuses Kagan of a "clear hostility" to the Second Amendment, but that means she understands our Constitution leaves ample room for reasonable gun restrictions that can save lives.

Murders by Concealed Handgun Permit Holders: 52 Convictions or Suicides and Counting

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

These most recent incidents stand as proof of why states and local governments must be able to prohibit the carrying of concealed handguns.

The F Word: Reading into Gun Regulations

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

I'll give the gun-rights supporter on NPR this morning one bit of credit in his comparison of bookstores to gun stores: books can be dangerous. Books ...

In Chicago, Some Worried, Others Excited About Gun Ban Reversal

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Supreme Court's Monday ruling invalidated Chicago's 28-year-old ban on handguns for all practical purposes, and while people like South Side grand...

The Chicago Gun Case: NRA Fears 'Practical Defeat'

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Given that several states have gun laws far stronger than federal law, does McDonald lay the groundwork for the unraveling of gun restrictions? If the gun lobby thinks so, it is likely to be disappointed.

Incorporating Guns?

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

The calculus changed for the Second Amendment in 2008, when the Supreme Court, for the first time in history, ruled that the amendment protected an individual right of civilians to own handguns.

At Least 29 Shot, 3 Dead In Chicago Weekend Shootings, Gun Ban On Its Way Out

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Monday, the Supreme Court upheld a challenge to Chicago's 28-year-old handgun ban, which ultimately signals the end of the ban on handguns in Chica...

How Justice Stevens May Have Saved Our Gun Laws

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

As the nation contemplates Justice Stevens' impending retirement and its implications, all Americans concerned about the daily tragedy of American gun violence should pause to recognize their debt of gratitude to him.

What If Chicago Loses Its Gun Case?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

If Chicago's law is struck down, it will no doubt be hailed by the NRA as a great victory, as was Heller. But the most ardent "gun rights" advocates can barely hide their disappointment with the practical impact.

Mayor Daley: Annie Get Your Gun?

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

The Supreme Court could hold that the Second Amendment right to bear arms applies to the states yet still find Chicago's gun ordinance to pass constitutional muster.

WATCH: Daley Regrets 'Up Your Butt' Gun Remark

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley's strange and colorful response to a reporter's question about Chicago's handgun ban on Thursday drew national attention. Probably because...

Mayor Daley Jokingly Threatens To Shoot Reporter To Prove Effectiveness Of City's Gun Ban

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Richard M. Daley, the longtime Chicago mayor, held a press conference Thursday in which he discussed, among other things, the fate of the city's contr...

Supreme Court Argument Portends Hollow Victory for Gun Lobby

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Last Tuesday, I was in the courtroom as the Supreme Court heard arguments in the Second Amendment challenge to Chicago's handgun ban. As my report fo...