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Newspaper’s freedom of information use questioned

The decision of a New York newspaper to publish the names of handgun owners has sparked a new debate about the Freedom of Information Act and how it relates to two constitutional amendments. The First Amendment allows the media to publish information of public interest, and the Second Amendment, as interpreted under a Supreme Court […]

The historical connection between Prohibition, guns, and drugs

In recent weeks, the United States has witnessed two parallel narratives unfolding over the contest between freedom and regulation in American society. On November 6, two states–Washington and Colorado–passed voter referendums decriminalizing recreational marijuana use in the face of federal policy that dictates otherwise. And on December 14, a young man walked into a Connecticut […]

Constitution Check: Is the Supreme Court partly to blame for Newtown?

Lyle Denniston looks at how the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment leaveslegislators entirely free to write new regulations against gun possession in sensitive public places. The statements at issue: “The gun lobby, timid politicians and the Supreme Court continue to aid and abet rampant gun violence that is nothing less than domestic terrorism, […]