Legal

When Is A Gun A Gun?

A few months ago a fellow service member in my JAG unit reached out to me.  He handles criminal defense in his civilian practice and focuses primarily on federal cases.  While he is familiar with firearms, he is not a “firearms attorney” per se, but the case he was handling had firearms-related issues as...

Enemy of The State

Last week I received a call from a distressed client. He had just been subjected to a federal search warrant, and he was… and continues to be… terrified.   Anyone would.   His bucolic life was instantly turned upside down. He will never be the same. What portends of his future remains in question, and the trauma of...

Why Not Mention The Hammer, Alec?

“I did not pull the trigger.”   That was the headline this morning when I sat down to my computer. Alec Baldwin, for reasons that are completely inexplicable to me, has been quoted as saying in an interview that he never pulled the trigger on the firearm that killed his cinematographer.   There is no indication that he...

The Rittenhouse Testimony

Well.   I’m writing this blog on Wednesday, November 10th at 14:43. The Kyle Rittenhouse testimony has just concluded. Normally I tend to write these things towards the end of the week and pray that nothing major happens over the next few days that would make this blog moot. That clearly may happen in this case....

Rust

Alec, Alec, Alec.…   Been a couple of tough weeks huh?   Not as tough for you as the family of Halyna Hutchins….but hey these things happen.  At least that is what you have been telling people for years.  Guns are the problem, not the people holding them.  They just sort of go off on their own.   I respectfully...

NYRP v Corlett

“So ummmm… have you heard about the Supreme Court case?”   “New York Rifle and Pistol v Corlett?”   “Yeah… that one. Does that mean that we are all going to be able to finally get off-roster guns?”   “Ummmmm… maybe a discussion is in order.”   I have had numerous conversations over the last week that essentially started out like that....

Executive Orders

On Thursday of last week, President Biden announced his “executive actions” on gun control. This is somewhat of a misnomer as he really did not issue any “executive actions”. The President… all presidents… are allowed to use executive actions when authorized by Congress during states of national emergency and when necessary to clarify executive...

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...