11 Incidents in Which Lawful Gun Owners Made a Difference

As the Supreme Court continued its decadelong silence in protecting the Second Amendment, Americans last month nevertheless proved that they understand the importance of the right to keep and bear arms. The FBI conducted a record-high 3.9 million background checks for firearms sales and transfers in June. The previous record of 3.7 million was set just this past March. … Continue reading 11 Incidents in Which Lawful Gun Owners Made a Difference

Charlamagne tha God and Killer Mike Urge Black Americans to Embrace the 2nd Amendment

In March, Princess Pope was forced to close her business—Guns and Roses Boutique, located in Dallas—because of the coronavirus. Then things got worse. Shortly after she was allowed to reopen, Pope’s store was vandalized and looted during the protests and riots that erupted following the death of George Floyd. “I can’t believe it,” Pope told … Continue reading Charlamagne tha God and Killer Mike Urge Black Americans to Embrace the 2nd Amendment

On Second Amendment, Supreme Court Abdicates Its Duty to Say What the Law Is

With today’s decision to deny all pending petitions raising Second Amendment issues—Cato had filed in three—the Supreme Court has abdicated its responsibility to say what the law is in this important and contentious area. For the last decade, lower courts have engaged in judicial disobedience, aiding and abetting many states’ hostility to the right to armed self‐​defense. They’ve also been … Continue reading On Second Amendment, Supreme Court Abdicates Its Duty to Say What the Law Is

The Myth That the US Leads the World in Mass Shootings

If you asked me this morning which nation has the most mass shootings in the world, I would have said, with perhaps a flicker of hesitation, the United States. This is a tad embarrassing to admit because I’m pretty familiar with shooting statistics, having written several articles on gun violence and the Second Amendment. Below … Continue reading The Myth That the US Leads the World in Mass Shootings

11 Cases Where Gun Ownership Proved ‘Essential’

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the country, millions of Americans now live in states where shutdown orders effectively have stripped them of the ability to buy firearms. Although most states rightly have allowed gun stores to continue operating, a minority deemed them “nonessential businesses” that must close. Unfortunately, these ordered closures generally have occurred … Continue reading 11 Cases Where Gun Ownership Proved ‘Essential’

The Supreme Court Punts on an Easy Second Amendment Case

It’s been a decade since the Supreme Court affirmed, in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010), that the Second Amendment protects an individual and fundamental right, striking down laws that effectively prohibited the possession of handguns in one’s own home. Since then, the court has routinely declined to … Continue reading The Supreme Court Punts on an Easy Second Amendment Case

Why Gun Rights Are Essential In a World of Uncertainty and Scarcity

A common joke in the American gun community goes something like this: Q: Why do you carry a gun? A: Because carrying a cop is too heavy. This humorous quip should not detract from the fact that many individuals in the United States (including me) own and carry a firearm for purely pragmatic reasons. The … Continue reading Why Gun Rights Are Essential In a World of Uncertainty and Scarcity

11 More Cases in Which Responsible Gun Owners Saved Lives

In recent weeks, several instances involving the reckless use of firearms dominated national headlines. In one case, a Georgia man tragically lost his life when armed civilians crossed the line between defensive necessity and vigilantism. But such headlines tell only one side of the story. Every day, many law-abiding and responsible Americans use their firearms lawfully to … Continue reading 11 More Cases in Which Responsible Gun Owners Saved Lives

New Mexico Gets Its Red Flag Law Wrong

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, recently signed controversial legislation that created the state’s first red flag law to take firearms from potentially dangerous people. Red flag laws, which now have been enacted by 18 states, allow courts to determine whether certain individuals are such a serious risk of danger to themselves or others … Continue reading New Mexico Gets Its Red Flag Law Wrong

Her Husband Was Murdered in a Gun-Free Zone. Now Nikki Goeser Is Fighting Back.

Nikki Goeser watched the man who had stalked her murder her husband in a gun-free zone. Because she was a law-abiding concealed carry permit holder, Goeser’s firearm was safely locked away in her vehicle, leaving her defenseless. Now a gun rights activist, Goeser is working hard to ensure every American has the means to protect … Continue reading Her Husband Was Murdered in a Gun-Free Zone. Now Nikki Goeser Is Fighting Back.