The 2009 “Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium” will be held on Saturday, September 12, at Northwestern University Law School, in Chicago, Illinois. This event will be sponsored by The NRA Foundation and the Northwestern University chapter of the Federalist Society.
Capitalizing on recent developments in our nation’s federal courts regarding the Second Amendment, panelists will discuss and debate current Second Amendment scholarship and related issues. The symposium will feature top Second Amendment scholars and attorneys, such as Profs. Nelson Lund of George Mason University, Nicholas Johnson of Fordham University, Michael O’Shea of Oklahoma City University, David Kopel of the Independence Institute (a frequent contributor to NRA magazines), historian Clayton Cramer, and more. Panelists will discuss key topics such as “original intent” versus the “living Constitution,” the scope and future of the Heller decision.
Your Mandarin loves the delicious irony that this event will be held in one of the most crime riddled cities that employs the most draconian gun-laws in the nation. Suck on that King Richard II (that would be Mayor Richard Daley).
And if that were not good enough, it seems that our new less corrupt but feckless Governor Pat Quinn (D) has signed House Bills 182 and 3714 despite pressure from anti-gun groups and politicians (yes, I mean Mayor Daley and his cronies).
HB 182 will simply change the “Unlawful Use of Weapons” (UUW) law, allowing a law-abiding citizen to carry a firearm in his dwelling or in the dwelling or on the land of another person where he has been invited. Governor Quinn also signed HB 3714, which states that as a condition of probation and conditional discharge, a person shall automatically be prohibited from possessing a firearm only if the offense was either a felony, or a misdemeanor that “involved bodily harm.”
Hopefully this is another nail in the coffin of the movement to make it a crime to actually defend oneself and family with deadly force.