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Second Amendment: Laws & Regulations

Administrative law research

Federal regulations are authorized by legislation enacted by Congress. Some landmark legislation, such as the Clean Air Act and the Civil Rights Act, require execution via federal regulations. Agencies are often referred to as "regulatory" agencies, because they are empowered to create and enforce rules/regulations that execute the laws. Individuals and other entities can be fined, sanctioned, and criminally prosecuted for violating federal regulations.  This libguide will provide you more understanding of administrative law and help you conduct administrative law research.   

Print Sources

Code of Federal Regulations-Firearms are covered in multiple sections of the C.F.R. Search the C.F.R. Index under Arms and munitions. Available in print at KF70 .A3 date--Reference Area.

18 U.S.C. is available in print at KF62 year .A2--Reference Area.

Topic Areas

Seized personal property

      27 C.F.R. §§ 72.11, 47.11.

Licenses, license proceedings, commerce in firearms and ammunition

   27 C.F.R. §§ 178.11, 178.71, 178.41, 178.21.

Procedure and administration

   27 C.F.R. §§ 70.1.

Commerce in Firearms and Ammunition

   27 C.F.R. §§ 478 generally.

Machine Guns, Destructive Devices, and Certain Other Firearms

   27 C.F.R. §§ 479.

Judicial Administration - Eligibility for parole vested in discretion of commission

   28 C.F.R. §§ 2.20, 541.3.

Food and Drug

   21 C.F.R. §§ 1316, 1308.

Electronic Sources--United States Code (U.S.C.)

18 U.S.C (Title 18) Chapter 44 - Firearms 

FDSYS (Free through GPO.Gov )

Fastcase (Paid Subscription- OK Bar Member/Available in Library)

HeinOnline (Paid Subscription-Available in Library)

Lexis U.S.C.S. (Paid Subscription)

Westlaw U.S.C.A. (Paid Subscription)

OSCN Net Oklahoma State Courts Network (Free)

Tracking New Regulations

Several web sites allow you to track agency happenings, including rule-making processes, notices in the Federal Register, and agency decisions. Some of these web sites are listed below:

Regulations.gov - Promotes public participation in the regulatory process. Search proposed rules by agency and then subscribe to e-mail alerts when new notices are added to a regulation's "docket folder." 

FederalRegister.gov - Provides a user-friendly way to use and search the Federal Register. You can subscribe to RSS feeds by Agency or Topic.

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