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New definition of “habitat” is a victory for common sense

Federal wildlife conservation officials are proposing—for the first time—to amend their regulations in order to define what “habitat” means under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”).  MSLF joins the chorus of working Americans who see this as welcome news for a number of reasons.  Despite the predictable outcry from environmental groups, the proposed habitat definition will likely help species conservation.  The…

VIDEO: MSLF’s Supreme Court Roundup

The first half of 2020 has produced some of the most important and surprising Supreme Court decisions in years. On major issues such as firearms, school vouchers, and religious freedom, what the nation’s highest court did (and didn’t) do this year will have a huge impact on our country for years to come. There were…

First They Ignore You . . .

The Ray family received some welcome news last week: their application got denied. Now, I know what you’re thinking; getting a rejection letter is rarely cause for celebration. But for the Rays, this isn’t a setback so much as an opportunity — an opportunity that has, until now, been denied to them.  When the Rays…

A Sobering Moment for the Second Amendment

Second Amendment supporters were shocked this month when the Supreme Court dismissed all 10 gunowners’ rights cases that were pending, thereby denying all 10 cases a hearing. Earlier this year, gun owners achieved a partial victory at the Supreme Court in a battle against New York City’s unconstitutional carry restrictions. MSLF submitted a brief in that…

The Supreme Court’s 2nd Amendment Misfire

On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to review all ten of the Second Amendment cases it had pending on its docket. Though the cases presented different fact patterns and procedural postures, the Court simply refused to weigh in on any of them. There seems to be one likely reason: Chief Justice Roberts does not want the Court to take a stance on the Second Amendment.

The Supreme Court’s Deafening Silence on Qualified Immunity

Though it’s likely to be lost in the noise surrounding the Supreme Court’s sex discrimination decision, just as important is what the Court did not do today. This morning, in the midst of the largest demonstrations against police abuse in a generation; following years of criticism from activists, the academy, and its own members; and…