Laws and Policy

I'm Not A Lawyer... But I Did Stay At A Holiday Inn Express

I’m Not A Lawyer… But I Did Stay At A Holiday Inn Express

The consequences of training…     A couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with a fellow attorney.  He was telling me about an event that had occurred recently with another weapons trainer.     It was disturbing.     Evidently, they were running a simulation using sim rounds and had recreated a shooting I was actually involved in.     Many of you know the...

Pathologically Law Abiding Blog

Pathologically Law Abiding

The light from the window blinds cast stark shadows across my desk.  I glanced up at the top of my filing cabinets and briefly studied the bottles of whiskies, debating if it was late enough in the afternoon to pour a shot.     No, too early still.  I refocused and went back to studying the 74-page opinion...

A Victory Blog - SB2

A Victory!

What a week it has been!     By now you are probably aware the injunction against SB2’s “sensitive locations” is back in place.  Those of us who have concealed carry permits can now go about freely, exercising our Constitutional rights to bear arms just as we have for the last few decades in California.     I want to use...

Rights and Responsibilities - Coffee with Steven

Rights and Responsibilities

Rights and Responsibilities     “Mr. Lieberman, would you be willing to handle a lawsuit?”     “Why don’t you tell me the facts.”     “I want to challenge the law.”     “Always encouraged to hear that… what law?”     “The law requiring me to get a CCW to carry a gun.”     “Ahhh… you think we should be Constitutional Carry?”     “I do… and even if they mandate a CCW,...

Duncan Finally!!!

We finally got a decision.     We have been waiting for months… well, really years… for Judge Roger T. Benitez to release his opinion in Duncan v Bonta.     You may remember this originally as Duncan v Becerra.     California has Penal Code § 32310(c) and (d) that was amended by Proposition 63 which essentially made the mere possession of a...

Commonwealth v Donnell

“Bearing arms does not mean from your bathroom to your kitchen!”     That little missive was penned by Justice Clarence Thomas in a dissent to the granting of certiorari on a Second Amendment case a few years back.  The gravamen of the case centered around the question:  Does the Second Amendment provide protection for conduct outside the...

Goldstein v Hochul

In the introductory pages of John le Carré’s, The Night Manager, a lawyer is about to be executed.   He is trying to process the enormity and finality of the moment and becomes fixated on the instrument of his demise, specifically the gun being pointed at him.   He does not reflect on the circumstances that led him to...