The Supreme Court was asked to decide last week in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, whether the government may limit how many candidates an individual can contribute to by means of an aggregate limit on how much he or she may contribute. Federal law imposes “base limits” on the amount an individual may give to any single candidate, party, or PAC, but also imposes “aggregate limits” — the ones at issue in this case — on the total that may be given to all recipients combined.
(VIDEO) The ATF agent who blew the whistle on Fast and Furious is being barred from writing a book about the agency's failed "gun-walking" operation.
"When this case first started in 2009 it was a laugher," explains Josh Blackman, assistant professor at the South Texas College of Law and author of the new book Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare, which tells the inside story of the legal challenge surrounding President Obama's signature law. "Fast forward two-and-a-half years and this argument gained steam and gained traction and started to be accepted by judges and some scholars. And then we go to the Supreme Court where five justices say that Congress can't regulate inactivity and seven justices say that the federal government can't coerce states into accepting Medicaid money. Holy cow!"
Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Friendswood, introduced a bill Thursday to repeal the ban on carrying weapons on military bases, in the wake of last week’s deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. The Safe Military Bases Act would allow trained soldiers on bases to carry weapons in case of a terrorist attack, to prevent further tragedies like Fort Hood and Navy Yard from happening again, Stockman said.
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — An appeals court has ruled a federal district court went too far last year when it shut down an entire website critical of the Lafayette Police Department and its chief, and sent the case back to U.S. District Court in Lafayette.
On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry signed the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, designed to regulate international weapons trade. It immediately caused some, however, to worry that it could take away parts of our own Second Amendment rights.
While he was moving from Colorado to New Jersey, Brian was pulled over and had his vehicle searched despite not being suspected of a crime. In the car he had two locked, unloaded and legally purchased firearms. The law specifically outlines an exemption clause which allows the transportation of legally owned firearms while in the process of moving. During the trail, the jury even asked the judge 3 times if they could rule based on this law but the requests were denied!
A Senate.gov web page covering the Constitution gets the scope of the Second Amendment wrong, telling readers that it is not clear whether the amendment protects an individual right or a collective right.
The Founders could not have anticipated Facebook. In another way, though, they totally anticipated Facebook. Simple clicks of a button are now enshrined as constitutionally protected conduits of self-expression.
Up until this week, Starbucks had been neutral when it came to its gun policy, which meant that the coffee giant respected local laws regarding firearms. This policy was widely respected among gun-rights advocates—a Starbucks Appreciation Day has even been organized at stores throughout the country for the past few years—but it also drew the ire of anti-gun groups and lawmakers who have been pressuring Starbucks to change its ways.
The Constitution guarantees the right to free speech, but don’t try to pass out copies of it at Modesto Junior College in California. A student at the school who tried to pass out pocket-size pamphlets of the very document that memorializes our rights got shut down on Sept. 17 – a date also known as Constitution Day.