From NY Times Dealbook: Gun Control Advocates Team Up With Big Law

Gun Control Advocates Team Up With Big Law (12/8/2016)

Fighting against gun violence has often been a lonely task for activists, who on their own were dwarfed by the size of the gun lobby.But now, gun control advocates have found new allies in corporate law firms, including Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Covington & Burling; and Arnold & Porter.

Together, big firms are committing tens of millions of dollars in free legal services from top corporate lawyers.

Until now, there has not been a coordinated effort across law firms to lobby for stricter gun control.

The coalition’s legal strategies include:

• Seeking to overturn state laws that have gone largely unchallenged, including new policies that force businesses to allow guns to be carried on their property

• Mounting the first formal challenges to congressional restrictions on publishing government data on gun violence

Brad D. Brian, co-managing partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson, said advocates don’t take issue with responsible gun owners. But he added, “There is an epidemic of gun violence in this country, and the law can save innocent lives without infringing constitutional rights.”

Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig, May 8, 2013, TOPIC: Gun control or gun freedom? Today we’re going to talk about the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, but not about gun control or regulation, per se. GUEST: Dr. Melissa Hamilton

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TOPIC: Gun control or gun freedom? Today we’re going to talk about the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, but not about gun control or regulation, per se.

Instead, my guest and I will be discussing the 2nd Amendment itself. What was its intent? How has it been interpreted by society over the decades and centuries since the nation’s founding? How has judicial interpretation of the 2nd Amendment evolved over time? And how do all those things inform and affect the gun debates in this country today?

My guest today is Dr. Melissa Hamilton. She is a visiting law professor at the University of Houston Law Center. She has a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law and a Ph.D in Criminology & Criminal Justice. She is a former police officer and former corrections officer. Dr. Hamilton teaches in the areas of criminal law and criminal procedure. Her research interests focus on interpersonal violence.

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MAY 10, 2013: ADDITIONAL RESOURCES