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  • Utah Now Has Pretrial Self-Defense Hearings

Utah Now Has Pretrial Self-Defense Hearings

2022-08-01T15:57:19-05:00August 1st, 2022|Tags: , |

On May 5, 2021, Utah HB 227 went into effect, in part because of the testimony of a defendant charged with seven counts of felony discharge of a firearm, a third-degree felony. The new law triggers a pretrial, judge-only hearing process once a defendant alleges he or she was acting in self-defense or defense of others.

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  • Has Gun Control Saved Lives

Has Gun Control Saved Lives? Here Are the Facts

2022-03-11T22:32:10-06:00March 11th, 2022|Tags: , |

A question that often comes up on both sides of the gun debate is “Has gun control saved lives?” An answer of sorts can be found in studies and statistics, both of which present some of their own downsides and inaccuracies, at times. The simplest answer to this is the most obvious: Criminals behave criminally, and if someone is willing to break the law, creating more laws won’t stop them. In fact, those restrictions typically hinder law-abiding gun owners more than anyone else.

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  • Civil Assert Forfeiture

Civil Asset Forfeiture: Fighting Crime, or Policing for Profit?

2022-01-25T13:27:25-06:00January 17th, 2022|Tags: , |

You may have heard recently about a Chicago woman who had $100,000 taken from her by police at Dallas Love Field Airport. A police dog alerted to her bag, and the money inside was seized by the police. You would be excused for dismissing this as entirely routine, presuming it was part of a drug bust; surprisingly, this was not the case.

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