Laws and Policy

Young v. Hawaii

The 9th Circuit issued a decision last week in the case of Young v. Hawaii.  I’m not going to mince words; it is abysmally, intellectually, and philosophically devoid of any redeeming qualities.  Well, that is not entirely accurate… Justice O’Scannlain’s stinging dissent makes for some interesting reading.   Okay… bottom line up front:  The Young case...

S.736

There is a tremendous amount of hyperbole that civil rights groups use to pursue their first and foremost mission:  fundraising.   This is not limited to the “gun rights groups”.  We see it in literature promulgated by immigrant rights groups, business and finance groups, LGBTQ rights groups, gender equality groups, animal rights groups… and, of course,...

US Constitution

H.R. 127

Over the last week I have received a ton of emails and phone calls about HR 127. This is understandable, as the bill itself is an extraordinarily egregious abrogation of a slew of our Constitutional rights.   I’ll use this space to go over some of the more “interesting” aspects of it but, in the end,...

Artemis Banner for Blog: Guns, Polo Shirt, Mansions... Oh My!

Cul-de-sac Commandos and Chipotle Warriors Oh what a week… In St. Louis a personal injury attorney and his wife became internet sensations by guarding their extremely nice home from protesters using an AR-15 and a .380  (interesting choice of weapons). Then, to raise the ante, we had an armed confrontation take place in a suburb of Detroit...

Artemis Banner for Blog: People v. Yang

People v Yang OMFG!!!! Last week a couple of clients sent me links to a news story about a case in Northern California called People v Yang. Here are the facts of the case: Yang lives in Tulare.  He is a law abiding citizen, and possess a CCW permit.  He also was one of the thousands of individuals...

Artemis Banner for Blog: The French and the Romans

The French Revolution? Over the last few days, I have heard numerous references to the United States undergoing a process similar to that of the events leading up to the French Revolution.  God, help us if that is true.  The years following the French Revolution were anything but sanguine for the French people. Fortunately, I think the...

Artemis Banner for Blog: The Tocqueville, Paradox

The Tocqueville Paradox China has been on our collective minds recently, hasn’t it?  From displays of naval sea power off the coast of Taiwan, to infectious pathogens walking out of a viral disease laboratory in Wuhan, to some dude eating a boiled bat, China has caused us both fear and intrigue.  One of our major concerns (or...

Artemis Banner for Blog: History and Self Evaluation

History and Self-Evaluation Over the last few weeks I have been doing a lot of thinking… deep thinking.  Thoughts drifting from what it means to be an American, to broader questions about what it means to be “free”. We, as a nation, have always had conflicting ideas of “freedom”.  During the American Revolution, there were the New...

Artemis Banner for Blog: The State Laid Bare

The State Laid Bare Last week the California Department of Justice put a little missive on the DES website’s login page.  (The DES is for California gun dealers to initiate the DROS process for someone to be able to legally take possession of a firearm.)  It reads as follows: Under Penal Code section 28220(f)(4), the Department...