On September 12, 2013, the Illinois State Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in People v. Aguilar striking down a section of the state's Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons statue as unconstitutional, saying that it violates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The court drew upon the U.S. Supreme Court opinions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago, as well as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ 2012 ruling in Moore v. Madigan. Our expert will provide analysis and discussion of the opinion.
Some twenty-five years ago, one of us sketched out a rationale for using mandatory liability insurance rules as an alternative to common forms of direct government regulation of firearms. Until recently, this possibility attracted almost no attention, but it is now being considered as a response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The time thus seems right to explore the subject in somewhat more depth, with an eye especially to design features that would be needed to minimize interference with the constitutional right to keep and bear arms....[Read More!]
President Obama has proposed, and Congress is currently debating, various gun control measures in reaction to the tragic events in Newtown. Is the President's emphasis on gun control misplaced or is gun control the most appropriate response to this situation? Would the measures being debated be effective? Are there any constitutional impediments to those proposals? In this previously recorded conference call, our speakers debate these and other issues related to the aftermath of Newtown.
In a recently decided and much publicized Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals case, the court struck down Illinois’ statewide ban on carrying a loaded weapon in public. Most recently, the court declined a request for en banc review. The Governor and Attorney General of Illinois are divided on whether to seek a Supreme Court cert petition in an attempt to have the law reinstated. On this previously recorded live conference call, our panel of experts debate the merits of the statute, the Seventh Circuit’s decisions, and the road forward.