'Gun fight' lecture looks at battle over right to bear arms

November 4, 2011

The author of a new book that examines the early history of gun rights and gun control in the United States and weaves together dramatic stories of Second Amendment advocates and gun control lobbyists will speak at the College of Law, Nov. 15.

“Gun Fight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America” is the title of the lecture and the book by Adam Winkler, a professor at UCLA School of Law. The lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m., in the Great Hall. It will be followed by a Q&A session with gun-law expert Alan Korwin, author of "The Arizona Gun Owner’s Guide," and a book signing. Adam Winkler Download Full Image

Free tickets to the lecture are available at gunfightamerica.eventbrite.com.

Winkler uses the landmark 2008 case, District of Columbia v. Heller, which struck down a law banning handguns in the nation’s capital, as a springboard for his historical narrative. From colonial times to the present day, he takes the reader on a journey of gun rights and restrictions, starting with the founding fathers and continuing through the Wild West, prohibition, the Black Panther movement and the Brady Bill.

Winkler is specialist in American constitutional law whose scholarship focuses, in addition to the right to bear arms, on corporate political speech rights, affirmative action, judicial independence, constitutional interpretation and campaign finance law. He writes for The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post.

For more information about the lecture, contact Emoline Fox at emoline.fox@asu.edu.

Janie Magruder, janie.magruder@asu.edu
Office of Communications, College of Law

Bender quoted on redistricting commission woes

November 7, 2011

Professor Paul Bender recently was quoted in an azcentral.com article, “Brewer, GOP blasted over Arizona redistrict panel ouster,” and an Associated Press article, “Ariz. redistricting panel claims Brewer power grab.”

In the Nov. 3 azcentral.com article, Bender called on the Arizona Supreme Court to block the removal of Chairwoman Colleen Coyle Mathis from the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission. Paul Bender Download Full Image

Mathis was removed by Republican members of the Arizona Senate at the urging of Gov. Jan Brewer, based on what they labeled as “gross misconduct.”

However, according to the articles, Democrats called the move a political power grab by the Republicans, who are unhappy with the draft maps drawn by the Commission.

In the Associated Press article on Nov. 4, Bender, a one-time candidate for the commission, said he needed to think about whether he would be willing to fill any vacancy.

Bender said Mathis’ removal creates a chilling effect.

“The Arizona Supreme Court needs to stop this,” Bender said, “If not, you lose the independent commission.”

Bender teaches courses on U.S. and Arizona constitutional law. He has written extensively about constitutional law, intellectual property and Indian law, and is coauthor of the two-volume casebook/treatise, Political and Civil Rights in the United States. He has argued more than 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and actively participates in constitutional litigation in federal and state courts. Bender has served as a member of the Hopi Tribe’s Court of Appeals, and is currently Chief Justice of the Fort McDowell Nation Supreme Court, and the San Carlos Apache Court of Appeals.