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Court Decisions Voiding Restrictive Or Prohibitive Arms Laws

Wednesday, September 29, 1999


Courts have held on at least 20 reported occasions that a restrictive or prohibitive arms law was unconstitutional because it impermissibly infringed the individual right to keep and bear arms.

State ex rel. City of Princeton v. Buckner,
180 W.Va. 457, 377 S.E.2d 139 (1988)
Struck down a gun carrying law as too restrictive

Barnett v. State,
72 Or. App. 585, 695 P. 2d 991 (1985)
Struck down prohibition of possession of a black jack

State v. Deloado,
298 Or. 395, 692 P. 2d 610 (1984)
Struck down prohibition of possession of a switchblade

State v. Blocker,
291 Or. 255, 630 P.2d 824 (1981)
Struck down prohibition of carrying a club

State v. Kessler,
289 Or. 359, 614 P. 2d 94 (1980)
Struck down prohibition of possession of a club

City of Lakewood v. Pillow,
180 Colo. 20, 501 P.2d 744 (1972)(en banc)
Struck down gun law on sale, possession and carrying as too restrictive

City of Las Vegas v. Moberg,
82 N.M. 626, 485 P. 2d 737 (Ct. App. 1971)
Struck down restrictive gun carrying law

People v. Nakamura,
99 Colo. 262, 62 P.2d 246 (1936)(en banc)
Struck down prohibitive firearms possession law

Glasscock v. City of Chattanooga,
157 Tenn. 518, 11 S.W. 2d 678 (1928)
Struck down gun carrying law as too restrictive

People v. Zerillo,
219 Mich. 635, 189 N.W. 927 (1922)
Struck down restrictive pistol possession law

State v. Kerner,
181 N.C. 574, 107 S.E. 222 (1921)
Struck down pistol carrying license and bond requirement as too restrictive

In re Reilly,
31 Ohio Dec. 364 (C.P. 1919)
Struck down law forbidding hiring armed security guards

State v. Rosenthal,
75 Vt. 295, 55 A 610 (1903)
Struck down pistol carrying ordinance as too restrictive

In re Brickey,
8 Idaho 587, 70 P. 609 (1902)
Struck down pistol carrying law as too restrictive

Jennings v. State,
5 Tex. App. 298 (1878)
Struck down law requiring forfeiture of pistol after misdemeanor conviction as unconstitutional

Wilson v. State,
33 Ark. 557, 34 Am. Rep. 52 (1878)
Struck down pistol carrying law as too restrictive

Andrews v. State,
50 Tenn. (3 Heisk.) 165, 8 Am. Rep. 8 (1871)
Struck down pistol carrying law as too restrictive

Smith v. Ishenhour,
43 Term. (3 Cold.) 214 (1866)
Struck down gun confiscation law as unconstitutional

Nunn v. State,
1 Ga. (1 Kelly) 243 (1846)
Struck down pistol carrying law as too restrictive

Bliss v. Commonwealth,
12 Ky. (2 Litt.) 90, 13 Am. Dec. 251 (1822)
Struck down concealed carrying law involving a sword in a cane as unconstitutional



Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Appropriations Act Signed Into Law With Important Pro-Second Amendment Provisions

On Wednesday, November 25, the President signed S. 1356, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 into law. Included in the bill were some very important pro-gun provisions that represent the culmination of long-term efforts by ...


Friday, November 27, 2015

President Obama Signs NRA-Backed Measures into Law

President Barack Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It includes several NRA-backed provisions -- expanding gun rights on stateside military bases; prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from banning traditional ammunition; and saving taxpayer dollars ...

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered ...


Friday, May 15, 2015

Obama Administration Opposes CMP Handgun Sales

The House of Representatives has approved Congressman Mike D. Rogers’ amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which—if accepted in ...


Friday, November 20, 2015

“F” Stands for Fail: Gun Turn-in Event Nets a Stack of Paper Pledges and Some Surplus Sporting Goods

Recently, we reported on Hillary Clinton’s praise for local firearm “buyback” events and her view that forcing Americans to participate ...


Friday, November 20, 2015

Anti-gun Politicians, Media Exploit Paris Attacks in “Terrorist Gap” Rehash

The Paris terrorist attacks were not easily pinned on America’s supposedly lax gun laws or the NRA, but ...

Monday, November 30, 2015

Michigan: County Gun Boards Eliminated Tomorrow, New Licensing Process Goes Into Effect

Tomorrow, December 1, the primary components of NRA-backed Senate Bill 34 and Senate Bill 35 will take effect.  

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Michigan: Governor Snyder Signs Firearm Inheritance Protection Act

Today, November 24, Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed Senate Bills 225 and 226.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Trench Warfare

The presidential election cycle keeps getting longer and more expensive. Nearly a year before Americans will finally cast ...


Friday, November 20, 2015

Overwhelming 81 Percent of Current and Former Military have Unfavorable View of Clinton

More bad news for Hillary Clinton. Coming off the heels of survey results that found the former Secretary ...


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