Federal Court Voids 7-Round Mag Limit of NY’s SAFE Act, Allows Rest

Federal District Court Judge William M. Skretny has found that most provisions of NY’s SAFE Act–passed only one month after the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting–do not infringe the Second Amendment. He did, however, find that the provision that limits magazine capacity to only seven rounds was unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. This seemingly small win for gun owners is actually very important. To see why, and to access the full text of the court’s …

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How the Michigan Porch Shooting case may be defended

On December 18 a pre-trial hearing was held in the shooting case of Renisha McBride in Detroit. The purpose of the hearing was to determine whether the second degree murder charge against the defendant, Theodore Wafer, ought to be dismissed or whether there existed sufficient grounds to bind Wafer over for trial. The judge ruled the matter was to go to trial. Legal Insurrection previously posted on the Wafer/McBride case here: Analysis: Self-Defense Claim May …

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HUGE SALE: Price Cuts on Print/Kindle/Nook Versions “Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition”

Hey folks, It’s finally here, huge price cuts on both the print and Kindle versions of “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available through the Law of Self Defense Blog, as well as Amazon.com and the Nook version available through Barnes & Noble. The price of the print version at our blog, www.lawofselfdefense.com, has been cut to $19.99 (from the list price of $49.95).  This is the place to buy, particularly if you would …

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Marissa Alexander Released on Bail

Marissa Alexander has been released on bail, according to widespread news reports. The conditions of her release are stringent, although not overly so for someone who has never been a very appropriate candidate for pre-(re-)-trial release. Alexander had been previously convicted of aggravated assault with firearm enhancement under Florida’s 10-20-Life law, resulting in her 20-year mandatory sentence, after rejecting a 3-year plea deal. The fact that the court was willing to grant bail (and the …

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Analysis: Self-Defense Claim May be Legally Weak in Michigan Porch Shooting

Earlier this month, a man allegedly shot a woman through the front screen door of his porch when the woman knocked or banged on it after reportedly crashing her car nearby in suburban Detroit, Michigan. The case has since made news headlines. I’ve been asked repeatedly to comment on the purported self-defense shooting by Theodore Wafer of Renisha McBride in Michigan, and now that the factual situation appears to have stabilized a bit it seems …

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Ohio House Passes HB-203: “Stand Your Ground” and More Goodness

Hey folks, Well, the Ohio House of Representatives have passed HB-203 by an overwhelming 62-27 vote. The bill next proceeds to the Ohio Senate. HB-203 has been previously mentioned here at lawofselfdefense.com as Ohio’s proposed “stand-your-ground” bill, and that’s certainly true. The bill is also, however, full of all kinds of other pro-gun goodness, including improved reciprocity, and the issuance of concealed handgun licenses (CHLs) to non-residents. The pot was sweetened by also including more …

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Marissa Alexander Bail Hearing; Ohio May Adopt “Stand-Your-Ground”

Hey folks There are two big news events expected today in the law of self-defense space. First, Marissa Alexander’s delayed bail hearing is now scheduled to be held today.  She would seem an unlikely candidate for bail, but stranger things have happened. Second, an Ohio legislative committee is debating HB-203, the bill proposing the adoption of “Stand-Your-Ground” in the Buckeye state.  The bill also contains a number of other pro-gun owner provisions. I cover both …

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NEWS: Law of Self Defense Seminar, Atlanta GA, Nov. 16 @ Adventure Outdoors

Hey folks, Adventure Outdoors has begun putting the press out on my next Law of Self Defense Seminar held at their place in Atlanta, GA a week from today, November 16. Basically, the LOSD Seminars are a 4-hour intensive review of the self-defense laws of the state where the seminar is held, illustrated by the actual statutes, jury instructions and most important court decisions from that state.  About 25 of the four hours is devoted …

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VIDEO: 100% of Florida ADULTS Testifying In Hearing SUPPORTED Stand-Your-Ground

Hey folks, I’ve already mentioned in a previous post how not a single Black adult (who was not a “professional” in the criminal justice or race-hate industry) appeared before the FLorida House Judiciary Committee to testify in support of HB-4003 and against Stand-Your-Ground. VIDEO: How many Black adults testified against SYG in Florida hearing? ZERO Conversely, 100% of the 16 Florida adults (also not “professionals”) who appeared before the Judiciary Committee testified AGAINST HB-4003 and …

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VIDEO: How Many Black ADULTS Testified Against SYG in Florida Hearing? ZERO

Hey folks, This past Thursday the Florida House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing, debate, and vote on HB-4003, the proposed bill that would be repealed “Stand-Your-Ground” and other legal protections for those defend themselves in their homes, and vehicles. As I’ve mentioned in other coverage, the bill was soundly defeated by an 11-2 vote of the committee (See “Repeal of “Stand-Your-Ground” voted down in Florida House Committee”). The hearing really consisted of five discrete …

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