Federal, state and local gun laws are sometimes driven by emotion following a high profile event in the news as well as policy. Understanding four key dynamics of the law will allow you to stay out of jail and be a respectful gun owner. First, firearms are by design, much like chain saws, gasoline, and baseball bats, inherently dangerous items. This means that there is significant danger to life and limb by improper use. However, because of the political “camps” that are often defined as “pro” or “anti” gun, negligence is more likely to be addressed in the criminal system versus ...
June 4, 2015Adam Hayes
While killings are rare, observers say such devices are dangerous By Thomas Gnau - Staff Writer Reprinted with permission: Dayton Daily News How dangerous is the airsoft rifle that a Fairfield man was carrying Aug. 5 when he was killed during a police-involved shooting at a Pentagon Boulevard Walmart? When police confronted John Crawford III, 22, he was carrying an air rifle, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office. Last week, the office said Crawford held a Crosman MK-177 Tactical Air Rifle. On Walmart.com, the product description says the Crosman can be used for target practice, pest control and “going after small game.” It also ...
August 15, 2014CD
With the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the US Attorney General questioned the appropriateness of the “stand your ground” doctrine. This is not a general federal matter, except if a use of deadly force is so egregious it violates federal civil rights laws. This is a question for the states’ attorneys’ general and other state and federal elected and appointed officials. What is your state attorney general’s legal position, whether an express or implied part of your state’s law? This blog post explores what the stand-your-ground doctrine means—it reflects the state’s collective values in which it is adopted. This noted, the stand-your-ground concept ...
August 8, 2013CD
Indiana was the first state to adopt into law a lifetime License to Carry a handgun. Hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers have applied and been approved for licensure. Since last years deadly Connecticut school shootings, the issuing agency, the Indiana State Police, have had a four-fold increase in applications. From just December, 2012, to June, 2013, they processed 91,949 applications. That compares with 62,934 from the year prior. Given Indiana has just over 6 million inhabitants, it seems Hoosiers like their guns and have taken a different approach to shooters who are mentally ill or those driven to kill on political or ...
July 18, 2013CD
A Rare Glimpse into the Life-Cycle of a Law through the Three-Branches of Government Many readers of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C.’s blog posts appreciate our commitment to the educational aspects of law. We fundamentally believe to live a better, fuller and more meaningful life under the law, and the make the most of the freedoms ensured by our legal system, we need to be life-long students. Hopefully, most readers recognize that our current legal system and body of law is rooted in the English legal system. Even so, because laws usually change very slowly, most of us have a difficult time seeing ...
March 27, 2012CD
No, Indiana case has decided this matter to answer this question. Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. attorneys frequently handle cases that have firearms dimensions, both at the trial court level and on appeal. A question that arises with some regularity in our practice and the news of the day is where a person used a firearm to defend himself from a vicious dog or animal attack. In this case, if the person is charged with criminal recklessness in connection with the use of the firearm, can he or she assert the affirmative defense of self-defense? An affirmative defense makes lawful an act ...
September 1, 2011CD