Recognizing the difference between substantive and procedural rights helps enormously in understanding the battles over applying the first eight amendments of the U.S. Constitution to the states. Procedural rights have failed; not only have they not improved procedures, they have made things worse.
The Second Amendment vs. the Seventh Amendment: The Distinction Between Substantive and Procedural Rights
Substantive rights have a core that can be meaningfully interpreted and protected; they can exist independently of a particular government or a particular legal system. Procedural rights lack such an independent core because they are necessarily embedded in a whole system of legal procedure, and they depend on that system for their meaning.
No Heckler's Veto: Georgia Court's Decision Rejecting $1.5M Nuisance Verdict Against Abortion Clinic Stands
The verdict was chiefly based on the actions of protesters and arsonists; the Georgia Court of Appeals rejected it, and the Georgia Supreme Court has just refused to rehear the case.
The Second Amendment vs. the Seventh Amendment: Substantive vs. Procedural Rights; Part 1: Similarities and Differences
Although the affinities between the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and the Seventh Amendment right to civil jury trial seem strong, there are crucial differences. The first concerns individual accountability and the ability to understand responsibilities; the second concerns the distinction between substantive rights and procedural rights.
Former Judge Luttig's arguments are off base.
The Massachusetts Model was not a carry ban and required aggressive behavior before it applied.
New York takes a long shot at saving its firearm carry ban.
The justices robe up for another term.
Young people who came of age after 9/11 aren't snowflakes despite being exposed to a series of catastrophic events and apocalyptic news narratives.
"Restrictions on guns in public spaces are appropriate to make public spaces safe for democratic participation."
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By and large, those schemes (like Texas’s SB 8 liability for abortion providers) must be fought by raising the Constitution as a defense in a civil lawsuit—not through preenforcement challenges.
Stopping the import of Russian ammo is just pretending to do something noble.
Getting a law passed is not the same thing as getting people to obey.
So holds the Third Circuit, applying intermediate scrutiny to a limit on center-fire rifle shooting and to a requirement that clubs be nonprofit.
The laws require that “individuals purchase a handgun ... within 10 days of obtaining a permit to acquire” (Hawaii law requires such a permit) and that “individuals physically bring their firearm to the police department for in-person inspection and registration within five days of acquiring it.”
"Any contrary holding 'would eviscerate Fourth Amendment protections for lawfully armed individuals' by presuming a license expressly permitting possession of a firearm was invalid."
Improve your skills! Bond with the kids! Infuriate control freaks!
The word "pistol," it turns out, is borrowed indirectly from Czech.
“New York enacted its firearm licensing requirements to criminalize gun ownership by racial and ethnic minorities.”
What (if anything) will the courts do once the plaintiffs turn 21?
Ripped for use of excessive force, the Springfield, Massachusetts, Narcotics Bureau is becoming a Firearms Investigation Unit.
The panel strikes down the federal statute that bans professional gun dealers from selling handguns to 18-to-20-year-olds.
Plus: Trump's absurd lawsuits against social media, states take aim at Google app store, and more...
Rhode Island, maybe New York, Wilmington (Delaware), and a few small towns are the only places in the U.S. that still forbid stun guns.
Salaythis Melvin's family says they want justice.
It's likely that soon, almost all Americans will be legally able to carry guns.
Rules range from absurd to appalling without respect for civil liberties or basic logic.
State legislators across the country are working to weaken the enforcement of federal gun laws by emulating immigration activists.
No Heckler's Veto: Court Reverses $1.5M Nuisance Verdict Against Abortion Clinic, Which Was Chiefly Based on Actions of Protesters and Arsonists
A new decision from the Georgia Court of Appeals.
A new lawsuit challenges Minnesota's law requiring a person be at least 21 years old to carry a handgun.
The announcement comes days after an exclusive report from Reason attracted national attention to the case.
The policies don't accomplish much more than putting money in some gun owners' pockets.