Anthony Odorisi

Anthony Odorisi (Associate) Anthony Odorisi is an Associate practicing with Renzulli Law Firm’s national litigation practice group. Anthony earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2017. He received his B.S., cum laude, in finance from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 2014. While in law school, Anthony was an active member of the Trial Advocacy team...
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LEGISLATION INTRODUCED TO REPEAL THE PLCAA AND TIAHRT AMENDMENT

Although all previous attempts have failed, Democratic members of the Senate and House of Representatives have once again introduced legislation to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”) and aspects of the Tiahrt Amendment.  Introduced on June 11, 2019, the “Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act” comprises just two pages and, if...
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CA SEEKS STAY OF RULING STRIKING DOWN BAN ON STANDARD CAPACITY MAGAZINES; SIGNALS INTENT TO APPEAL

As we recently reported, on March 29, 2019, Judge Benitez of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California issued a decision in the case of Duncan v. Becerra holding that California’s ban on the possession of magazines with a capacity of more than ten rounds (“LCM”) violates the Second Amendment and issued a permanent injunction against the continued enforcement of the ban. ...
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FEDERAL COURT STRIKES DOWN CALIFORNIA BAN ON STANDARD CAPACITY MAGAZINES; APPEAL LIKELY

FEDERAL COURT STRIKES DOWN CALIFORNIA BAN ON STANDARD CAPACITY MAGAZINES; APPEAL LIKELY In a lengthy decision entered on March 29, 2019 in the case of Duncan v. Becerra, a copy of which can be found here, Judge Benitez of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California held that California’s ban on the possession of magazines with a capacity of more than ten rounds violates the...
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U.S. SUPREME COURT DENIES STAY OF FEDERAL BUMP STOCK BAN

U.S. SUPREME COURT DENIES STAY OF FEDERAL BUMP STOCK BAN The new federal regulations banning bump stocks went into effect on March 26, 2019.  For more information on the bump stock ban, please visit our website. Gun Owners of America had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan on December 26, 2018 and sought a preliminary injunction...
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WASHINGTON STATE ADVANCES BILL TO BAN GHOST GUNS FOR SOME

WASHINGTON STATE ADVANCES BILL TO BAN GHOST GUNS FOR SOME So-called “Ghost Guns” continue to be a hot topic for state and local governments across the nation.  Now, in Washington state, lawmakers are taking steps to limit, but not outright ban, “Ghost Guns.” “Ghost Guns” are firearms that are referred to as “untraceable” because they lack serial numbers and are often built from plastics or oth...
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Howard B. Schilsky

Howard B. Schilsky Howard B. Schilsky is an Associate with the Firm, practicing with the Firm's national litigation practice group and intellectual property practice group. Howard earned his B.A. from Syracuse University before earning his J.D. at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University where he graduated at the top of his class Magna Cum Laude.  Howard had the privilege of interni...
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Paul Fraulo

Paul Fraulo (Associate) Paul Fraulo is an Associate practicing with Renzulli Law Firm’s national litigation practice group and intellectual property practice group. Paul earned his B.A. from Williams College where he double-majored in astrophysics and economics and was a member of the varsity wrestling team. He later attended Brooklyn Law School where he graduated cum laude. During his time...
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CONN. SUPREME COURT ALLOWS “NARROW LEGAL THEORY” TO PROCEED IN SANDY HOOK CASE; AFFIRMS DISMISSAL OF ALL OTHER CLAIMS

Today, the Connecticut Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of all of plaintiffs’ claims against the manufacturer, wholesale distributor, and retail dealer in Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC, et al., except for a narrow theory related to the marketing of firearms.  The Court unanimously dismissed plaintiffs’ primary claims that the sale of Modern Sporting Rifles, like the...
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BACKGROUND CHECK BILLS PASS HOUSE, LIKELY DOA IN SENATE

BACKGROUND CHECK BILLS PASS HOUSE, LIKELY DOA IN SENATE The 2018 election saw the Democratic party take a majority of seats in the United States House of Representatives, and many of the victorious candidates ran on a platform that included support for stricter gun control measures.  One of the first actions taken by the house majority was to advance legislation affecting background checks for...
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Breaking News: “Red Flag” Bill Signed Into Law in New York

Breaking News: “Red Flag” Bill Signed Into Law in New York At the end of January, the New York legislature passed a package of gun control laws ranging from a ban on bump stocks to a "red flag" law that would allow educators, law enforcement, or family members to petition a judge to confiscate an individual's firearms if there is some measure of evidence that the individual is a threat to them...
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW BUMP STOCK REGULATIONS

President Trump directed the Attorney General to draft regulations banning bump stocks after the October 21, 2017 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada during which Stephen Paddock used AR type rifles with bump stocks installed on them to kill 58 people and injure approximately 500.  Bump stocks are replacement stocks that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire mo...
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Renzulli Run Down: New Jersey Enacts “Ghost Gun” Ban

This month, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a broad ban on so-called “Ghost Guns” (which we have covered previously).  In a press release he stated:   “Ghost guns can be created by anyone with a computer and access to a 3D printer, giving the public at large the ability to build their own unregistered, unsafe, and untraceable firearm. Now, thanks to the Legislative sponsors who w...
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Gavin M. Strube

Gavin M. Strube (Associate) Gavin M. Strube is an Associate with the Firm, practicing with Renzulli Law Firm’s national litigation practice group and intellectual property practice group. Gavin earned his B.A. from the State University of New York, Empire State College (Saratoga Springs, New York) before earning his J.D. at Pace University School of Law (White Plains, New York), where he graduat...
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Practice Alert: Mandatory Warnings in California Have Changed – Are You Compliant?

On January 1, 2018, key legislative amendments went into effect that substantially revised and updated child-related firearm warning requirements in California. Prior to January 1, California law required the following child-related warning, in both English and Spanish, to be placed on the packaging of any firearm, and any descriptive materials that accompany any firearm, sold or transferred in Ca...
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California Law Prohibiting Firearms Retailers from On-Site Advertising of Handguns Violates First Amendment

In what can only be regarded as a win for firearm retailers in the state of California, Judge Troy L. Nunley, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California, issued a decision on September 11, 2018, in which he concluded a California statute prohibiting firearm retailers from on-site advertising of handguns violated the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.    T...
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FIREARMS ON DEMAND? A FEDERAL JUDGE HITS THE PAUSE BUTTON ON 3D PRINTED FIREARMS

This week, a federal judge granted an emergency temporary restraining order (“TRO”) preventing Defense Distributed, a Second Amendment advocacy group, from distributing files on the Internet that could be used to create firearms on a 3D printer. Here is the Renzulli Run Down of what you need to know:  Defense Distributed, led by Cody Wilson, has been in a multi-year fight with the federa...
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TRUMP’S SUPREME COURT NOMINEE IS EXPECTED TO SUPPORT SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Last night, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to the U.S. Supreme Court, to fill the seat left open in the wake of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement.  The nomination (Trump’s second to the U.S. Supreme Court) is likely to have a lasting impact on U.S. law because Judge Kavanaugh is only 53 years old, meaning ...
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“RED FLAG” FIREARM SEIZURE LAWS PROLIFERATING

Seven states have enacted “red flag” laws this year, continuing a demonstrable trend since the Parkland shooting. Now, a total of twelve states, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, have "red flag" laws on the books.  These laws allow law enforcement officials and family members to seek a ...
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Practice Alert: Revise Your Warnings to Comply With Changes to California’s Prop 65 Regulation

Significant changes to California’s Proposition 65 warning regulations will go into effect in two months, on August 30.  Enacted in 1986, California’s Proposition 65 (commonly called “Prop 65”) requires businesses to provide a warning regarding products that contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.  Prop 65, especially in recent ...
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Renzulli Run Down: California’s New Consumer Privacy Act Ushers In New Requirements

Throughout the months leading up to the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) -- the EU’s radical overhaul of data privacy rules and regulations -- we predicted that the states would begin enacting tougher, more stringent data privacy laws. (We even predicted that California would take the lead.)  Yesterday, California enacted the California Consumer Privacy Act of 201...
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Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Gives Trump Opportunity to Shape U.S. Law and Protect the Second Amendment

Yesterday, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, effective July 31, from the U.S. Supreme Court.  Justice Kennedy, who has served on the Supreme Court for almost three decades, is frequently cast as a crucial “swing vote” in controversial cases, meaning that he is perceived as being the fifth vote in narrow 5-4 decisions.  As the so-called “swing vote,” Justice Kennedy has played a piv...
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U.S. Supreme Court Rules States Can Require Internet Retailers To Collect Sales Tax

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states can compel online retailers to collect sales tax. The case, South Dakota v. Wayfair (No. 17-494), overturns two previous Supreme Court decisions and represents a landmark shift in law and policy that will tremendously impact online shopping. Here is the Renzulli Run Down of what you need to know: The Supreme Court’s Opinion was 5 to 4, with Justic...
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NRA CALLS OUT GOVERNOR CUOMO AND OTHER NEW YORK POLITICIANS

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is taking on New York Governor Cuomo and other high-ranking government officials in New York.  In a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, the NRA accuses Cuomo and other officials of pressuring private companies, both publicly and behind closed doors, to dissolve their relationships with or otherwise distance t...
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Renzulli Run Down: New Jersey Governor Signs Stringent “Gun Control” Measures Into Law

As expected, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed six stringent “gun control” bills into law. We brought these measures to your attention in our “Renzulli Run Down” earlier this week. Here is what you need to know about the new laws: Bill No. A-1181 mandates the seizure of firearms owned by individuals if a mental health professional determines they pose a threat to themselves or othe...
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Renzulli Run Down: New Jersey Expected To Enact Stringent New Firearm Laws

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is expected to sign six new “gun control” laws this week, which Governor Murphy touts are “sweeping gun safety legislation” that will be some of the “toughest gun laws” in the nation. Here is the “Renzulli Run Down” of what you need to know:  Bill No. A1181 mandates the seizure of firearms owned by individuals if a mental health professional determines they p...
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Trump Administration Proposes Substantial Improvements to the Firearm Export Process

The Trump Administration recently published regulations (which had been drafted by the Obama Administration, but never published), that would transfer jurisdiction over the export of most firearms from the Department of State to the Department of Commerce.  The proposed regulations, if enacted, will greatly benefit the firearms industry, which has been lobbying for these changes for several years....
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The GDPR Applies Around The World, Not Just In The EU

A common misconception is that the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies only to businesses physically located in the EU. As you know from our previous article (“The Final Countdown To The GDPR Is Here. Are You Ready?”), the GDPR – which becomes officially effective one month from today on May 25, 2018 – is a radical overhaul of the EU’s regulatory scheme, and one of its most sign...
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The Final Countdown To The GDPR Is Here. Are You Ready?

The European Union’s most comprehensive data privacy overhaul in decades, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), becomes effective on May 25, 2018 – just over one month away.  With the deadline fast approaching, it has been widely reported that businesses around the world are not prepared or are significantly underprepared for the GDPR.  This poses a serious problem because the GDPR is a r...
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ILLINOIS SENATOR PROPOSES LEGISLATION ROLLING BACK OVERLY RESTRICTIVE REGULATIONS ON AIR-GUN OWNERSHIP

If you own a high-powered air-gun in Illinois this may surprise you: Your air-gun may (technically) be a firearm.   The current law in Illinois treats air-guns with projectiles that measure larger than .177 caliber, or have a muzzle velocity of more than 700 feet per second, as firearms. Accordingly, the standards and requirements governing real firearms are also applied to qualified air-guns....
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SIG SAUER EMPLOYEES INDICTED FOR ALLEGED VIOLATIONS OF THE GERMAN FOREIGN TRADE ACT

Five employees of Sig Sauer GmbH have been indicted by the public prosecutor in Kiel, Germany and charged with violating the German Foreign Trade Act.  The indictment stems from allegations that Sig Sauer GmbH illegally exported approximately 36,000 pistols to the Colombian National Police during the period from 2009 to 2012.  During that time, Colombia was involved in a civil war with the Revolut...
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FLORIDA MUNICIPALITIES SUE OVER STATE FIREARM LAW

Ten Florida municipalities and their elected officials filed a lawsuit in Florida on Monday challenging a Florida state law that imposes penalties on municipalities and their officials when they are found to knowingly and willfully impinge on the State Legislature’s exclusive jurisdiction over firearm and ammunition regulation. The plaintiffs assert that in light of the recent mass shootings, ...
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APPELLATE DIVISION REJECTS CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES TO NEW YORK’S REQUIREMENTS REGARDING CONCEALED CARRY LICENSES

In an unfortunately predictable decision given New York's aggressive gun-control measures, New York’s Appellate Division, First Department, rejected constitutional challenges to New York’s legal requirements for obtaining a license to carry a concealed firearm. Jonathan Corbett brought several constitutional challenges relating to the licensing requirements in New York. His initial claim was filed...
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Government Contracts

The Federal Government reports that it is the single largest buyer of consumer goods and services in the world, with annual spending totaling an estimated $450 billion per year.  With $450 billion at stake, an essential requirement for doing business with the Federal Government is to work with a law firm that has the knowledge and experience to provide critical counseling and guidance every step o...
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Commercial Litigation & Business Disputes

Renzulli Law Firm attorneys represent clients in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters and business disputes.  We use a “trial ready” approach that draws on our extensive experience in the courtroom to navigate and guide clients through pre-litigation and pre-trial matters.  Our “trial ready” approach enables the effective and efficient resolution of disputes prior to trial when it is wa...
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Congress Set to Consider “Extreme Risk Protection Orders”

Senate Bill 2521, a bill to authorize the issuance of extreme risk protection orders, has gained another Republican co-sponsor, Senator Collins (R-ME), as of March 23, 2018. The bill, originally introduced on March 8, 2018 by Senators Blumenthal (D-CT) and Graham (R-SC), is similar in scope and effect to the Florida ‘red flag’ bill which we have previously discussed in our newsletter. Here is the ...
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DOJ Inches Closer To Federal Bump Stock Ban

DOJ has finally released a notice of proposed rulemaking (“Notice”) that would effectively ban “bump stocks,” “slide-fire” devices, “and devices with certain similar characteristics.” As originally announced, DOJ intends to clarify that all bump stock devices are “machineguns” under the Gun Control Act (“GCA”) and National Firearms Act (“NFA”). The Notice contends in large part that the “single fu...
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Intellectual Property Portfolio Management & Monitoring

Effective protection of intellectual property assets is a necessity in the modern global business world.  Renzulli Law Firm attorneys have experience at every stage of an IP assets' life-cycle, from strategically establishing rights to managing and protecting rights.  Our attorneys work closely with clients to understand their drivers and goals and to create a management and enforcement ...
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Anti-Counterfeiting & Enforcement

We take a unique, proactive and efficient approach to identify and stop infringement wherever it occurs. We have extensive experience prosecuting all forms of infringement, including trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, patent infringement and the dilutive use of trademarks. We are often able to achieve our clients’ objectives quickly and efficiently through cease and desist letters, ...
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Intellectual Property Licensing & Transactions

Just as it is important to protect intellectual property assets through registration and enforcement, we recognize the important of strategically and effectively monetizing and leverage those assets.  Our licensing and transaction attorneys possess in-depth knowledge of and experience with a wide-range of intellectual property matters and concepts.  Our lawyers have assisted clients in building an...
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NRA FILES LAWSUIT TO ENJOIN FLORIDA’S VIOLATION OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF YOUNG ADULTS

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed SB 7026 into law on Friday.  Among other things, SB 7026 raised the minimum age to buy a rifle or shotgun from 18 to 21, effective immediately.  The new provision is Fla. Stat. § 790.065(13), which provides that: “A person younger than 21 years of age may not purchase a firearm. The sale or transfer of a firearm to a person younger than 21 years of age may not b...
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U.S. DOJ Takes Step Toward Bump Stock Ban

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a notice of proposed regulation relating to “bump stock” devices.  The DOJ has identified the following objectives and goals in filing the notice: Clarify that the definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act (NFA) and Gun Control Act (GCA) includes bump stock type devices; and          ...
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BREAKING NEWS: FLORIDA GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT SIGNS GUN CONTROL MEASURE (SB 7026)

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed SB 7026 into law today.  As discussed in our previous post, SB 7026 changes Florida law relevant to the sale of firearms in the following manner: The minimum age to purchase rifles and shotguns in Florida has been increased from 18 to 21. There will be a three-day waiting period on the purchase of any firearm, with exceptions for law enforcement officer...
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THE RENZULLI “RUN DOWN” – FLORIDA LEGISLATURE PASSES GUN CONTROL MEASURE; NEW BILLS ARE INTRODUCED IN OTHER STATES

Florida Gun Control:   The Florida legislature passed SB 7026 a $400 million gun control measure, which will now proceed to Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott.  Here is what you need to know about the measure:   The minimum age to purchase rifles and shotguns would be raised from 18 to 21. A three day waiting period would be imposed on the purchase of any firearm, with exceptions for l...
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STATE LEGISLATORS CONTINUE TO PUSH KNEE-JERK FIREARM CONTROL BILLS; WHILE LIKELY TO FAIL, OUR INDUSTRY MUST BE ALERT

Two more state legislatures, the Illinois House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate, will be weighing new proposed firearm control measures, proving that the uptick in knee-jerk, rushed legislation following the Parkland tragedy continues. The Illinois bill has passed the state House of Representatives. The bill makes it illegal for persons under the age of 21 to possess or purchase high-capac...
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NY, NJ, CT, AND RI FORM COALITION; AGREE TO SHARE FIREARMS DATA

The Governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have announced their formation of a new “States for Gun Safety” coalition.  Through the Coalition, the four states plan to openly share information of persons prohibited from possessing firearms pursuant to their respective state laws using a centralized database.  In addition, they intend to share details with each other about h...
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NEW “ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN” INTRODUCED TARGETING SPECIFIC FIREARMS, DEVICES, AND MANUFACTURERS

Two Democratic Representatives, David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), have introduced a sweeping bill called the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2018.” The bill, if passed in its current version, would make it illegal to “import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon,” and would ban devices such as bump stocks an...
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UPDATE: Concealed Carry Bill Gets House Approval; “Fix NICS” Full Steam Aheard

H.R. 38, entitled the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017” (CCRA) has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.  As we have previously reported, the bill allows any person who is carrying a valid government-issued identification document and is either: (1) also carrying a valid license or permit issued by any state that permits carrying a concealed firearm; or (2) is entitled to carry...
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What You Need To Know About The Fix NICS Act Of 2017

The “Fix NICS Act of 2017,” Senate Bill 2135 and House Bill 4434, which was introduced this month with bi-partisan support, is supported by both the NRA and the NSSF. The Fix NICS Act of 2017 is an important piece of legislation for the Industry.  It will improve the records available to NICS and therefore the accuracy of background checks to determine if a prospective purchaser is prohibited from...
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RLF Appears Before The Connecticut Supreme Court

RLF Partner Christopher Renzulli appeared before the Connecticut Supreme Court on November 14 in the Sandy Hook case, Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC, et al.  The highly-anticipated and widely-covered oral argument represented the culmination of months of briefing on an appeal by the plaintiffs of Connecticut Judge Barbara Bellis’ decision granting a motion by the defendants to stri...
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Hearing Protection Act of 2017: The Deregulation of “Suppressors”

Several bills have been introduced that, if passed, would substantially alter the regulation of suppressors.  In particular, House Bill H.R. 367 and Senate Bill S. 59 (referred to as the Hearing Protection Act of 2017), which were introduced in January, would remove suppressors from regulation under the National Firearms Act (“NFA”).  Here is what you need to know about H.R. 367 and S. 59: If...
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Renzulli Law Firm, LLP Receives Substantial Judgment for Client

Renzulli Law Firm, LLP represented Glock, Inc. in a case brought against one of its former distributors and its president and sole shareholder in federal court in Georgia. The case primarily involved claims that the defendants had violated the Georgia Civil RICO Act by purchasing discounted Glock pistols that were restricted to resale to the law enforcement market, and then reselling them to the c...
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Lessons You Should Learn From The Sig P320 “Voluntary Upgrade”

Over the past several weeks, a series of incidents and reports have surfaced indicating that not only can Sig Sauer, Inc.’s (Sig Sauer) P320 pistol fire when dropped, but that Sig Sauer may have been aware of the defect for a substantial period of time prior to these recent incidents and reports. For example, in early August, the Dallas Police Department suspended use of P320 pistols due to drop f...
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California Muddles State “Assault Weapon” Prohibition

The California Office of Administrative Law recently approved proposed regulations submitted by the California Department of Justice that expand the definition and registration requirements for "assault weapons" under California law. In 2016, the California Legislature altered the definition of “assault weapon” for pistols and rifles to eliminate the “bullet button” exception to California’s “assa...
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RLF Achieves Substantial Settlement For Injury Victim

As reported in the New York Daily News, Renzulli Law Firm, led by its Founder John Renzulli, secured a $3.85 million settlement on behalf of its client, Jesus Santiago, who had been severely injured when a tree fell on him in Brooklyn. The tree fell on Mr. Santiago as he was on his way home from work inflicting Mr. Santiago with more than two dozen fractures and crushing his internal organs.  The ...
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Steyr Arms Files New Patent Infringement Action Against Sig Sauer, Inc.

Steyr Arms, Inc. (“Steyr”) has filed a patent infringement action against Sig Sauer, Inc. (“Sig”) alleging that several of Sig’s pistol models – including the P250 and P320 – infringe one of its patents.  In the lawsuit, which was filed in May in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Steyr alleges that Sig’s pistols infringe Patent No. 6,260,301 (“the ‘301 Patent”) entitled...
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Supreme Court Nixes Law Against Disparaging Trademarks

In a significant ruling this week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Lanham Act that permitted the U.S. Government to bar the registration of “offensive” trademarks.  The provision, often referred to as the “disparagement clause” of the Lanham Act, prohibited the registration of trademarks “which may disparage … persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols,...
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New Jersey State Police Sues Sig Sauer, Inc.

The State of New Jersey filed a lawsuit against Sig Sauer, Inc. (“Sig”) in New Jersey Superior Court in Mercer County on April 27, 2017. The complaint, a copy of which can be read here, alleges that the New Jersey State Police (“NJSP”) selected the Sig P229 as its duty weapon in 2014.  The complaint alleges that when first used during a firearms qualification session in September 2014, the P229 ha...
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Patent Infringement In Focus: U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Venue Rules for Patent Infringement Lawsuits

The United States Supreme Court recently clarified how the patent venue statute applies when a patent infringement lawsuit is brought against a domestic (U.S.) corporation.  The case, TC Heartland, LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, LLC, No. 16-341 (decided May 22, 2017), involved a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Kraft Foods Group Brands, LLC (“Kraft”), a Delaware corporation, against a comp...
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Renzulli Law Firm Achieves Substantial Victory in the Indiana Supreme Court

On April 24 2017, the Indiana Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in favor of Renzulli Law Firm, LLP’s clients KS&E Sports and Edward J. Ellis in a case that had been brought against them by Dwayne H. Runnels.  KS&E Sports had sold a handgun to Tarus Blackburn, who was alleged to have straw purchased it on behalf of a convicted felon, Demetrious Martin.  Two months after Blackburn so...
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Congress Set To Address Concealed Carry

On March 1, 2017, Senator John Cornyn introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (“CCCRA”).  The following is a link to the text of the CCCRA: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/446/text.  The CCRA is similar to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (“CCRA”), which Representative Richard Hudson introduced on January 3, 2017.  The following is ...
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SHOT Show 2017 Wrap-Up

Renzulli Law Firm led two lively and informative seminars this year at SHOT Show 2017, one called “Ask a Firearms Attorney” and one on “Intellectual Property”.  During our “Ask a Firearms Attorney” seminar we highlighted a range of hot topics facing the Industry, including political issues, legislative trends, prominent Industry litigation and the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA)....
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RLF Victory: “Privately” Maintained Social Media Information Found Discoverable

Renzulli Law Firm, LLP, on behalf of a Pennsylvania indoor shooting range, recently prevailed on a motion to compel the production of information that a personal injury plaintiff posted privately on Facebook. Plaintiff’s lawsuit alleges that he suffered hearing loss from gunshot noise he was exposed to while discharging firearms in defendant’s shooting range. We successfully argued that informatio...
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RLF Victory: Summary Judgment Granted on Injury Claims

RLF recently obtained summary judgment in a personal injury case on the basis that the plaintiff did not sustain “serious injury” as defined by Insurance Law § 5102(d).  In granting the motion for summary judgment and dismissing the case, the Supreme Court of Nassau County held that defendants established their burden by proving plaintiff’s miscarriage was not causally related to the accident, and...
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Seventh Circuit Invalidates Chicago Regulation Effectively Prohibiting Firing Ranges

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Ezell v. City of Chicago, Nos. 14-3312 & 14-3322, recently invalidated three Chicago regulations that drastically limited where firing ranges could be located within city limits and who could enter those ranges. The location-related regulations limited the operation of firing ranges to manufacturing districts in Chicago and prohibit...
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Suicide Prevention Resources for Shooting Ranges and Retailers

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (“NSSF”) and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (“AFSP”) recently announced at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas a partnership to educate the public and industry members about suicide prevention as it relates to firearms. The partnership aims to educate firearm owners about suicide, its warning signs, risk factors and the importance of securely storing fire...
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ATF Adopts Noteworthy Changes To Form 4473

The ATF has adopted a new Form 4473 that all FFLs must use beginning on January 16, 2017. Several of the changes on the new Form 4473 clarify current laws that already apply to firearm sales made before the revised forms must be used. Two of those changes are of particular relevance. First, the new Form 4473 clarifies the instruction for question 11(a) regarding when the person is completing th...
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Recent Developments in “Microstamping” Legislation

The Court of Appeals of the State of California, Fifth Appellate District, in National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. v. California, Case No. F072310 (Cal. Ct. App.), recently reversed a lower court’s ruling dismissing the NSSF’s petition to enjoin enforcement of California’s requirement that manufacturers “microstamp” all new semiautomatic pistols sold in the state. “Microstamping” generally re...
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4 Absolutely Critical Legal Issues For Mobile App Developers

With the “app economy” predicted to double by 2020 to an incredible $101 billion, and the number of new apps quickly rising, app developers (and, frankly, anyone else involved in app development from owners to investors) need to focus on critical legal issues to protect themselves and their apps. An article published by VentureBeat touts a report from App Annie that the app economy is steadily on...
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BREAKING NEWS: Renzulli Law Firm Achieves Major Victory In Sandy Hook Case

Connecticut Judge Barbara Bellis just granted the defendants’ motion to strike all of the plaintiffs’ claims in Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC, et al. A copy of the decision can be found here. The Soto case arose from the December 14, 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the Bushmaster XM-1...
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Another Victory For the Second Amendment: Federal Court Strikes Down Firearm Restrictions

On September 28, 2016, in Murphey v. Guerrero, Chief Judge Ramona Manglona of the U.S. District Court for the District of the Northern Mariana Islands declared several key aspects of the Weapons Control Act and Special Act for Firearms Enforcement of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (“CNMI”) to be unconstitutional on the basis that they violate the right to keep and bear arms prote...
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Federal Appeals Court Hears Challenge To Hotly Contested D.C. Conceal Carry Law

This week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments in two closely-watched cases challenging Washington D.C.’s strict concealed carry laws, Wrenn et al. v. District of Columbia et al., and Grace et al. v. District of Columbia et al. Both cases involve challenges to the District of Columbia's “may-issue” concealed carry law found at D.C. Code § 22...
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Renzulli Law Firm, LLP in the News

Christopher Renzulli appeared before Indiana’s highest court -- the Supreme Court of Indiana – on Wednesday on behalf of an Indiana firearms retailer and its owner concerning the application of an Indiana Statute, I.C. 34-12-3-3, that prohibits civil lawsuits for claims against a firearms seller for “recovery of damages resulting from the criminal or unlawful misuse of a firearm or ammunition for ...
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Keeping The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act In Focus

As the 15th Annual Firearms Import/Export Conference confirmed, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) remains dedicated to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement.  The FCPA is complex and nuanced but, in a nutshell, prohibits bribes to foreign officials. In April, DOJ announced that it was in the process of dedicating significantly greater resources to the FCPA by adding 10 new prosecutor...
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Protecting Your Federal Firearms License and Minimizing Violations During a Compliance Conference

Renzulli Law Firm, LLP regularly represents federal firearms licensees who receive a report of violations from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) based on a compliance inspection. We recently represented federally licensed firearms dealers in the ATF’s Dallas and Houston Field Divisions with regard to reports of violations they had received at the conclusion of compli...
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Federal Law Opens Door To “Ex Parte” Seizures Under Trade Secrets Act

There is a new and potentially powerful tool available to protect trade secrets – ex parte seizures. The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), enacted May 11, 2016, implements a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation.  Among its remedies, the DTSA permits injunctive relief, the recovery of damages for misappropriation, attorney’s fees for willful conduct and ex parte seizures u...
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Hearing Loss Claims in Firearms Litigation

In recent months, we have seen an upward trend in claims being made by individuals alleging hearing loss as a result of firearm noise.  Litigants have asserted such claims against firearms manufacturers, distributors, and retailers, as well as shooting ranges and the manufacturers of ammunition, suppressors, hearing protection, and other firearms accessories. Our Firm has extensive experience in l...
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Successfully Navigating the Complex Maze of Firearm Import and Export Laws

The laws governing the import and export of firearms are complex and regularly changing. Numerous federal agencies, including the Department of State, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Commerce have jurisdiction regarding the import and export of firearms. Renzulli Law Firm, LLP regularly counsels its firearms industry clients regarding the requ...
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Massachusetts Attorney General Unilaterally Expands “Assault Weapons” Prohibition

As many readers know, Maura Healey, the Massachusetts Attorney General, recently issued an “Enforcement Notice” that attempted to “clarify” the definition of “assault weapons” in Massachusetts. Massachusetts General Law chapter 140, section 123 prohibits the sale of statutorily-defined “assault weapons” in the Commonwealth with certain exceptions. Although the Office of the Attorney General mainta...
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Joan Gasior

Joan Gasior (Of Counsel) Joan Gasior is Of Counsel to the Firm. Ms. Gasior has extensive experience representing many Fortune 500 and 100 product manufacturers, suppliers, equipment manufacturers, contractors and premises owners, and their insurers, in all aspects of high exposure asbestos litigation, both as National Coordinating Counsel and local counsel throughout New York.  Ms. Gasior also ha...
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U.S. Supreme Court Vacates Decision Upholding Stun Gun Ban

On March 21, 2016 the United States Supreme Court issued a per curiam (“by the Court”) opinion, without full written or oral arguments, in Caetano v. Massachusetts vacating a decision by the Supreme Court of Massachusetts that upheld the conviction of Jaime Caetano for possession of a stun gun. Ms. Caetano had possessed the stun gun in order protect herself from an abusive boyfriend. The Massachus...
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Christopher Renzulli Featured In Global News & Media

On February 22, Christopher Renzulli appeared before Judge Barbara Bellis in the Fairfield Judicial District Superior Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut to argue a motion to dismiss a major firearms distributor from litigation that arises out of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 12, 2012. The manufacturer, distributor and retailer of the AR-15 rifle used by Adam Lanza are defenda...
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SHOT Show 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada

It was another successful SHOT Show for the firearms industry this year.  The NSSF reports that it was the second highest attendance total ever – more than 64,000 industry professionals attended the Show.  The industry sent a message to its detractors through its robust attendance that it is alive and well and flourishing and will not back down to them during this crucial election year. Renzulli ...
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Asbestos Litigation Victory for Manufacturer in New York

On January 27, 2016 a Lewis County, New York jury returned a defense verdict in favor of Copeland Corp, a refrigeration compressor manufacturer, in a personal injury and wrongful death case brought by Sarita Olley who claimed her late husband, David Olley, developed mesothelioma as a result of his alleged exposure to asbestos-containing products, including asbestos-containing gaskets on Copeland c...
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General Liability, Casualty & Insurance

Premises Liability & Construction/Labor Law Renzulli Law Firm attorneys have extensive experience defending premises liability and labor law lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions. We represent defendants in lawsuits involving residential dwellings and a wide array of commercial properties, including restaurants, retail stores and supermarkets. Our clients include municipalities, property owners,...
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Supreme Court Denies Review of Assault Weapons Ban

Supreme Court Denies Review of Assault Weapons Ban On Monday, December 7, 2015, the United States Supreme Court denied review of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit€™s ruling in Friedman v. City of Highland Park. The case arose out of the City of Highland Parks ordinance prohibiting possession of €œassault weapons€ and €œlarge-capacity magazines, defined as a magazin...
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Firearms Sales to Individuals on the “No-Fly” List Raises Questions

Questions continue to surface concerning the prohibition on firearms sales to individuals on the federal €œno-fly€ list. January 4, 2016; Evidence continues to mount that prohibiting individuals on the federal governments €œno-fly€ list from purchasing firearms would prevent many innocent Americans from exercising their Second Amendment rights. Following President Obama's push for legislation...
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Intellectual Property

Our Intellectual Property practice focuses on maximizing the value and potential of our clients' intellectual property rights. The Renzulli Law Firm approach is strategically tailored to our clients' specific business needs, drivers and philosophies.  We work with our clients from invention and creation to maintenance and protection in order to help them achieve sustainability, value and growth. ...
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Asbestos Litigation

Renzulli Law Firm'€™s asbestos litigation practice focuses on the defense of corporate clients in asbestos personal-injury actions filed in the State of New York. Renzulli Law Firm provides full coverage throughout New York, including New York County ("NYCAL"€) and all venues in upstate New York. Our attorneys have served as local counsel and National Coordinating Counsel for corporate clients...
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Michael Patrick

Michael Patrick, Partner Michael Patrick is a Partner with Renzulli Law Firm, LLP.  Michael practices in the areas of intellectual property (IP), corporate and litigation and provides transactional, counseling and litigation services to clients in connection with virtually every aspect of their businesses and intellectual property, including global IP portfolio development and management, IP explo...
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New York’s Film Tax Credit Brings Hollywood East

New York has long sought to rival California as a preferred filming destination for the motion picture industry.  And why not? New York offers some of the most diverse filming locations in the U.S. (think of the endless possibilities ranging from Manhattan skyscrapers to the Adirondack mountains). But what is drawing Hollywood to New York is not just the landscape or culture - it's money. T...
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Licensing Continues To Be A Dominant Marketing And Retail Force

Saying that licensing is a dominant marketing and retail force might be an understatement. In 2014, licensing accounted for $241.5 billion in the global marketplace. The LIMA Annual Global Study (which was released for the first time ever this year), showed that entertainment/character licensing comprised the biggest piece of pie, totaling 44.4% (over $107 billion). That is not difficult to ima...
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NYAG Announces Settlement with Major Retailers over Sale of Imitation Firearms

August 4, 2015; On August 3, 2015, the New York Attorney General’s office issued a press release announcing agreements with Amazon, Kmart, Sears, Walmart, and California-based ACTA for violating New York State law concerning the sale of toy or imitation firearms.  An investigation between 2012 and 2014 found that these retailers, and numerous third-party sellers operating through Amazon and Sear...
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Christopher Renzulli and Peter Malfa Featured in For The Defense

June 16, 2014: Defense Research Institute (DRI) recently featured an article co-authored by Christopher Renzulli and Peter V. Malfa, Construction Contracts: Personal Jurisdiction and Forum Selection Clauses, in its June 2014 Construction Law issue of For The Defense magazine, which can be found here. The article addresses recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that redefine the importance of perso...
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Kaine Introduces New Firearms Transfer Legislation; Kalashnikov Announces Plan to Enforce Patents

 Kaine Introduces New Firearms Transfer Legislation September 16, 2015; United States Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia has introduced legislation seeking curb “straw sales” and other firearms sales to prohibited persons under federal law. The Responsible Transfer of Firearms Act would require any transferor of a firearm to take “reasonable steps” to make sure that the firearm does not wind up in ...
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Kaine Introduces New Firearms Transfer Legislation; Kalashnikov Announces Plan to Enforce Patents

 Kaine Introduces New Firearms Transfer Legislation September 16, 2015; United States Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia has introduced legislation seeking curb “straw sales” and other firearms sales to prohibited persons under federal law. The Responsible Transfer of Firearms Act would require any transferor of a firearm to take “reasonable steps” to make sure that the ...
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Congressional Research Service Debunks “Epidemic” of Mass Public Shootings

Congressional Research Service Debunks “Epidemic” of Mass Public Shootings On July 30, 2014, in the wake of several high-profile public shootings, the Congressional Research Service published a report on mass shootings. The report challenges media characterizations of the mass public shootings as an “epidemic” and instead shows no significant increase in mass shootings in the last fifteen years. ...
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Los Angeles Bans Large-Capacity Magazines

July 31, 2015; On Tuesday, July 28, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban the possession of firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. California already bans the manufacture and sale of large-capacity magazines, however possession of large capacity magazines remains legal. Los Angeles lawmakers saw this as a loophole. Once Mayor Eric Garcetti signs the bill, which is expect...
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Tennessee Lawmaker Pushes for Repeal of Bill that Disallows Armed Military Personnel at Recruitment Stations

July 20, 2015; In the wake of the tragic shootings at a military support center in Chattanooga, TN, Rep. Scott DesJarlias of Tennessee seeks to repeal the ban on military personnel carrying firearms at recruitment stations and on base. The proposed legislation is titled "Enhancing Safety at Military Installation Act." The ban is the result of a combination of Pentagon policy and the Posse Comitat...
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