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Jacob Sullum

The Cannabis Exception to the Second Amendment

Jacob Sullum, If you want to buy a gun from a federally licensed dealer, you have to fill out Form 4473, which is aimed at determining whether you are legally allowed to own a firearm. A recent revision to the form by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) underlines how blithely the

Listen to the Libertarians

Jacob Sullum, The matchup between Hillary Clinton, one of the most uptight politicians ever, and Donald Trump, a loose-lipped lunatic who revels in saying whatever pops into his head, promises some entertaining presidential debates. But Americans who would like to see a clash of ideas, as well as a clash of styles, should hope the

Ted Cruz Endorses Mass Surveillance

Jacob Sullum, In light of last week’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, Ted Cruz says, “we need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” I am not sure what he means by that, but I am pretty sure it is neither fair nor smart. “This is a war,” the

Gun Control and Mass Shootings

Daniel J. Mitchell Well, another loser killed a bunch of people, this time in Santa Barbara, California. Which gives gun control zealots an opportunity to seize upon the tragedy to recycle their calls to restrict private firearms ownership and otherwise erode the Second Amendment. But I’m not too worried that they’ll succeed. The evidence is

Another Edition of œGreat Moments in State and Local Government

Daniel J. Mitchell I’ve been asked whether I’m a hypocrite because I support decentralization while at the same time being critical of state and local governments. I don’t think there’s any inconsistency in my position. Here’s some of what I wrote last July. I’m a strong believer in federalism, but not because I think state