The State of the Law

“Your country stands upon the world scene as a model of a democratic society at an advanced stage of development. Your power of example carries with it heavy responsibilities. Use it well, America!”
– Pope John Paul II, Newark 1995

Why the Political Process is Not Enough

On October 12, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law a requirement that persons subject to Protection from Abuse orders are to relinquish their guns within 24 hours of being served with the order. This is a departure from the previous practice of a 60-day turnover. In addition, subjects are to relinquish their guns to either the police, gun dealer,… Read more →

Federal Law – Statutes and Judicial Interpretation

The key federal decision interpreting the Second Amendment is District of Columbia v. Heller¹.  In it, the Supreme Court struck down Washington D.C. laws prohibiting handgun possession and requiring that firearms in the home be stored unloaded and disassembled or locked at all times.  The Court held for the first time that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to… Read more →

Catholics Join Plea for No Guns on Campus

Last week, representatives from the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City joined with other advocates, including the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah, in presenting a petition to the Utah Governor’s office.  Currently, colleges and universities in Utah can prohibit food, alcohol and water from being carried into assemblies on campus.  They can’t, however, limit guns.  Speaker Anita Sarkeesian… Read more →