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F947F955-D693-43E8-B8E1-D517999EAC1E.jpgEvery Thursday, we ask you questions. Sometimes we need help with a reference question. Sometimes we need better heads than ours to interpret odd facts that pile up, like dustbunnies, in the corners of the LII. Sometimes we need an alibi. Or bail.

Today, though, it’s an easy one — we want to get to know you better. We really don’t know much about the people who use our site, and we don’t know much about who is reading or subscribing to this blog. So…. we hope you’ll use the comments to tell us your story. Why are you here? How often do you come to the LII site? What’s your favorite collection? Do you have professional or personal reasons to visit us? What are they?

We didn’t hear from many of you last week. We know you’re out there. We can hear you breathing. Tell us a story.

Quash: definition of the day

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Mar 052008

To set aside; to void. As in “to quash a motion,”

or “quash evidence.” See, e.g. Arizona v. Evans, 514 US 1 (1995).

LIIBULLETIN : the right to bear arms (District of Columbia v. Heller)

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Mar 042008

F514B12D-1345-4380-B6E2-88236855E4E3.jpgThe District of Columbia bans possession of handguns, and bans anyone from carrying a handgun or other deadly or dangerous weapon without a license within its borders (the “Gun Ban”). It also requires that any firearms which may be kept within the District, such as rifles, be kept either disassembled or with a trigger lock. These are some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. In 2003, Mr. Heller filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia claiming that these laws violate his Second Amendment right to “keep and bear Arms.” The District Court found that the Second Amendment does not give an individual a right to gun ownership except where the individual is a member of an organized militia, but the Court of Appeals reversed the decision. It found that handguns are lineal descendents of the pistols in use at the time of the American Revolution, and held, therefore, that the Gun Ban is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case on March 18th.

The Supreme Court has not taken a Second Amendment case since 1939, and has never decided whether the Second Amendment confers a right to bear arms upon individuals or only upon the militias it refers to in its opening clause. In the intervening 69 years, the federal and state governments have passed many laws regulating and restricting the ownership and use of guns. Should the Supreme Court uphold the D.C. Circuit’s invalidation of the Gun Ban, it could have a substantial impact on these gun laws and will almost certainly lead to more litigation as gun rights advocates challenge those laws as violating the Second Amendment. If the Court finds that the Gun Ban is constitutional, it will strengthen the ability of government to regulate gun ownership, and may result in more restrictive gun laws across the country.

The full analysis, including a comprehensive set of links to briefs on both sides of the argument, is here:

61E598CE-151C-4590-BA0F-10C2859FC1EC.jpgThe timorous may stay at home.

Benjamin Cardozo, Murphy v. Steeplechase Amusement Co., 250 NY 479 .

Frequently used at the LII when deploying new software or hardware. (A recent assumption of risk case is here.)

Der Kugelschreiber da mia tinha est sur la table

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Mar 012008

BabelLike everything else about web statistics, it’s hard to be sure what our users’ browsers are telling us about the languages they speak. But by any measure the LII is a polyglot place. LII users’ Accept-Language headers show them using 73 different languages.

English is in first place by a long shot (in both US and UK flavours flavors), followed by French, German, Spanish, two variants of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Polish, and Dutch. Slovenian is tied with several others for last place.

Sites linking to the LII are also linguistically diverse — 32,100 in French, 800 in Chinese, 517 in Arabic, and 220 in Vietnamese.