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An Update on Second Amendment Litigation

With a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court extending great leeway to state and lower federal courts to dispose of Second Amendment cases as they see fit, significant litigation continues, involving challenges to restrictions in several key areas. First, restrictions on the ownership of modern self-loading firearms and magazines. Second, restrictions on the possession and storage of firearms generally. Third, laws that define legal disabilities prohibiting certain classes of persons from possessing firearms. Fourth, laws that ban, or nearly ban, the carrying of handguns for self-defense outside the home. How have different lower courts responded to these issues, and how likely is it that the Supreme Court will finally weigh in with another landmark Second Amendment decision?

Professor Michael O'Shea
Oklahoma City University School of Law

The Fourth Amendment for Second Amendment Attorneys

Nationally-recognized criminal defense attorney and former NACDL President Gerald H. Goldstein will give an in-depth discussion of important Fourth Amendment cases that all attorneys, and especially criminal defense attorneys, should know. Areas Mr. Goldstein will cover include probable cause, "knock and announce," "knock and talk," the exclusionary rule, the "good faith" exception, warrantless searches, and electronic surveillance. Mr. Goldstein will also share his thoughts on what we may expect in future Fourth Amendment cases.

Gerald Goldstein
Goldstein, Goldstein, Hilley & Orr