Firearms Law 101: Everything You Always Wanted to Know or Wish You Didn’t!

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CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

The recent national attention on mass shootings raises legal issues for attorneys across all practice areas. The starting point for lawyers facing any “gun” issue is with a general understanding of the complex, and sometimes competing, laws and policies. This seminar provides a cohesive survey of significant Federal laws and regulations and the responses of the fifty states. This survey moves from the historical regulation of firearms to bedrock constitutional dimensions through an overview of Federal law and key state laws and trends. This is completed by a summary of legal activities surrounding mass shootings and Federal legislation on the horizon.

This course is co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Key Federal Firearms Laws
•   Practical Descriptions of Firearms and Driving Legal Policies
•   A Survey Important State Laws and Trends
•   The National Focus on and Response to Mass Shootings

Date / Time: May 14, 2019

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: May 18, 2018

Bryan L. Ciyou, Esq. is a trial and appellate attorney with the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C.. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD, cum laude, at Indiana University. Bryan is admitted in Indiana State and Federal courts, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Tax Court, and the United States Supreme Court.

One of Mr. Ciyou’s key practice areas is Firearms Law; he represents a wide spectrum of clients, including licensed manufacturers and dealers, gun show promoters and businesses with firearms’ issues, and individuals involved in deadly force encounters and related criminal matters. Bryan also consults across the United States with lawyers and those in the industry regarding civil, criminal and/or regulatory matters. Mr. Ciyou has qualified as an expert witness in firearms’ cases.

Bryan has authored several books on Firearms Law, including an annual reference book, Gun Laws by State (2018). This text compiles and distills the thousands of gun laws and driving concepts and simplifies the complex interaction of local, state, and federal gun laws for citizens and LEOs who carry firearms off duty in other states. He also authored a portion of Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending Firearms Offense Charges, published by Thomson Reuters (2013).

Mr. Ciyou is frequently featured in the local, state, and national media on firearms’ issues of the day. In addition, attorneys, judges, police officers, news reporters, legislators, and everyday citizens wanting to know more and accurate information, regularly reference his books. He is a frequent lecturer on gun laws and has been active on the legislative front, including advising lawmakers in drafting proposed legislation, considering current laws, and testifying about the impact of firearms legislation and regulation at the local, state and national level. Mr. Ciyou frequently teaches groups, ranging from LEOs to attorneys, covering a wide variety of topics, such as current trends and the components of defending or analyzing a deadly force encounter. Bryan was also a presenter at the NRA’s 17th Annual National Firearms Law Seminar, covering material titled the “Federal Firearms Disqualifications and the Restoration of Rights” in April of 2014.

Bryan is also actively involved in shooting sports, and has trained at some of the country’s best facilities, such as Gunsite, under the tutelage of renowned instructors. He is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation, and Safari Club International, Rocky Mount Elk Foundation

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Section I. A historical perspective on firearms’ regulation
a) The Colonies
b) States’ limited laws and regulations before the 1900s
c) The Federal Government’s appearance on the scene (the Commerce Clause) in 1934

Section II. Key facts, trends, and statistics
a) Drop in violent crime since the 1970s
b) National focus on mental health, radical groups
c) The Gun Control Act’s scope
d) Black Friday sales

Section III. The Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms
a) Second Amendment
        i. Decisional law of SCOTUS
b) Key Constitutional Clauses and Amendments
        i. Commerce Clause
        ii. Supremacy Clause
        iii. First Amendment
        iv. Fourth Amendment
        v. Fifth Amendment
        vi. Sixth Amendment
        vii. Fourteenth Amendment

Section IV. The Gun Control Act of 1968 (as enhanced)
a) Title I firearms
        i. Title 27 CFR Chapter II, Part 478, Commerce in Firearms and Ammunition (ATFE)
b) Title II firearms (National Firearms Act of 1934)
        i. Title 27 CFR Chapter II, Part 479, Machine Guns, Destructive Devices, and Certain Other Firearms, (ATFE/FBI)
c) Bump stocks tell the tale

Section V. How states regulate firearms and trends
a) State-based preemption

Section VI. License to carry handgun (versus hunting license, registration of handgun/firearms, FOID card)
a) Regulation at events versus places
b) Constitutional carry

Section VII. Limits on regulation (banning handguns)

Section VIII. “Assault weapons” and magazine capacity limitations

Section IX. Reciprocity

Section X. Castle doctrine

Section XI. Stand your ground (including in your castle) versus retreat
a) Proportionality
b) Deadly force limits
        i. Serious bodily injury or death
        ii. Forcible felony
        iii. Home

Section XII. Bring your gun to work

Section XIII. The National Focus on and Response to Mass Shooting
a) Mental illness dangers: Registries and dangerous person civil actions
b) Single Officer Active Shooter Response (SOAR)
c) National Fire Protection Association 3000: Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) program

Section XIV. What’s Next: National Legislation
a) Suppressors (non-NFA)
b) Reciprocity
c) Presidential Commission on Securing or Nation’s Children (H.R. 5380)