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Stanford Law Review Online: Of Arms and Aliens

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  1. Bella Hartz says:

    Dear Ms. Motgi,

    Your article was well-written and researched, with one exception. You wrote:

    “The massacre of schoolchildren by assault rifle…”

    Law enforcement and news agencies reported that early suggestions of the use of an assault rifle/weapon were inaccurate. Please consider changing the wording after you check the list of weapons used at Sandy Hook (which does include a rifle and handguns). Thanks!

    [Police have identified Lanza's gun as an M4-style carbine made by Bushmaster, specifically the Bushmaster XM15-E2S. Bushmaster explains that designation this way (emphasis added): "XM for Experimental Model, 15 for semi-automatic and E2S is second generation receivers with added reinforcing." Not only is this gun not "a fully automatic weapon"; it did not even qualify as an "assault weapon" under Connecticut law (or under the federal "assault weapon" ban that expired in 2004, which used similar criteria). Police say Lanza's mother purchased it legally in Connecticut.]

  2. Joe says:

    Another place where alienage raises question is campaign finance. Another interesting 2A avenue to explore are the rights of Native Americans:

    http://georgetownlawjournal.org/files/2012/06/Riley.pdf

    The author “was selected to serve on her tribe’s Supreme Court, becoming the first woman and youngest Justice of the Supreme Court of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma. In 2010, she was elected as Chief Justice.”

    Puerto Rico is another interesting question here. Given Justice Sotomayor’s own student scholarship, that might be of particular interest to her if the question arises.