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Civil Rights Law Journal Symposium To Be Held April 3

The George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal (CRLJ) Spring Symposium entitled "The Place of Guns in a Free Society" will take place on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Founders Hall Auditorium at the School of Law. 

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School has sparked a nation-wide debate about the place of guns in a free society. On one side have been those who have called for intensified background checks, assault weapon bans, and bans on certain types of ammunition holders. Such proposals from local and federal legislatures have sparked an equally intense reaction from gun owners in the United States as well as groups such as the National Rifle Association. These groups argue that further restrictions on gun ownership will not solve the problem of violence in the United States.

In many cases, the two sides have spoken past one another. When it comes to the legislation now making its way through Congress, one question that has gone largely unanswered is, "is it legal?" The CRLJ has assembled a panel of scholars and practitioners on both sides of the question on gun regulation. The panel will give an in depth discussion of the Heller (2008) and McDonald (2010) Supreme Court opinions. In addition, speakers will look to lower federal courts and state courts to determine the scope of the Supreme Court's jurisprudence on the subject. Finally, the panel will examine recently proposed legislation and draw conclusions as to their constitutionality and the likelihood that such legislation will be upheld in our nation's courts.

Speakers will include Jon Lowy, Director of the Legal Action Project at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Nelson Lund, Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment; and Clark Neily, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice. 

1.5 Virginia CLE credits will be offered for attendance at this event. Registration fees for CLE credits will be $40 for non-Mason alumni, $20 for Mason alumni, and free for Mason faculty. Pre-registration for the event is not required. The event is free for students and anyone not seeking CLE credit.