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Is It Justifiable To Shoot An “UNARMED” Person?

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In order to answer that question, we must first define what it means to be “unarmed.” There has been substantial press over the last few years regarding police and other shootings of “unarmed” people, as if the only definition of UNARMED is “not having a gun.” So, can someone who does not have a gun, or even a knife or a club of some sort, still pose a threat of serious bodily harm or even death?

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Firearms Policy Coalition

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This is a significant decision on the right to buy and sell handguns across state lines. Much of the government’s arguments were based on information from 1968 when the interstate handgun sale ban was initiated. The court noted that technology for performing background checks has drastically improved and the government’s concerns (compelling interests) in preventing people from using out of state purchases to skirt gun laws are no longer narrowly tailored over 40 years later.

 

From the opinion: “. . . the Court concludes that Defendants(the federal government) have not shown that the federal interstate handgun transfer ban is narrowly tailored to be the least restrictive means of achieving the Government’s goals under current law. The federal interstate handgun transfer ban is therefore unconstitutional on its face.”

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Lethal Lace

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Lethal Lace

Lethal lace was one of the most interesting female specific products at SHOT.  It wasn’t another male product repainted pink in a feeble effort to pander to women (although it does also come in pink.) It is an actual product designed to address the unique issues associated with where a woman can hide a gun.

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Tac-Con™ 3MR Trigger Assembly

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As close to full auto as you can get without the tax stamp … that is the goal of every budget minded shooter with a curiosity about select fire. Ever since the government imposed regulations on our right to bear “machineguns,”[1] manufacturers have created gadgets and gizmos to increase the rate of fire from semi-automatic guns while still maintaining the one pull, one fire designation by the ATF.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Free Legal Research on the Internet

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The TCDLA listserve is a great resource for bouncing unique questions off each other and seeking input on strategies from those who have “been there done that, got the t-shirt.” But a great deal of the questions posed could be answered just as easily by following an old acronym: RTFM (“read the freakin’ manual”). Lest we forget, that is where law school started for us—legal research and writing.

Back in the day, we were wooed by the likes of Lexis and West, who gave us free unlimited passwords and tables full of swag scattered throughout the law school, but upon graduation they expect that your thick-carpet firm will start picking up the bill. That is when reality sets in. I do not have thick carpet. I have thin business industrial carpet because my hard-working clients come in to my office with mud and tar on their boots, and their sticky kids get candy and juice everywhere. I could pay for those services myself, but then that cost would be passed on to the hard-working clients, and in short, those paid services are not necessary. Here is why.

Can You Hear Me Now? No More Warrantless Searches Of Cell Phones

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By Steven M Denny, Attorney at Law

A right is something that you take for granted until you need it. People are often surprised when they enter my office to discuss the details of the case the government has brought against them. Clients say “they never read me my rights.” They say “they just kicked the door in without saying who they were.” They say “they put me in a squad car after I refused the search and asked my angry ex-girlfriend if they could search my apartment.” Without fail, every client who asks one of those questions asks this next question:

CAN THEY DO THAT!?

Unfortunately, the answer is more often than not, “yes.”

Your rights are eroding right under your feet. I wager that most of the people who take the time to read this are not accused of a crime. I suspect many of you have acted as jurors in criminal cases and have seen law enforcement tactics that you knew were questionable but let them get away with it because the defendant “was a really bad guy.” Pay attention, because before long, all the “really bad guys” will be locked up and in comparison, you and I will be the really bad guys because we demand our rights which unfortunately will no longer be there.