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Professor Allen Rostron

2016 JURIST Contributing Editor: Gun Law

Prior to assuming his role as a professor of law at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, Professor Allen Rostron worked in Washington, D.C. as a Senior Staff Attorney at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, where he was part of a nationwide litigation effort that included lawsuits brought against gun manufacturers by several dozen major cities and counties. Rostron began his career working as a law clerk for Judge Thomas S. Ellis III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and then as a litigation associate at the Cravath Swaine & Moore law firm in New York City.

Professor Rostron's research and writing has had a significant impact on several areas of law, including a new approach to regulation of high-powered sniper rifles, an approach that was subsequently enacted into law in the District of Columbia and incorporated into proposed federal legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate.

Professor Allen Rostron's Columns
18 Dec 2017

JURIST Guest Columnist Allen Rostron of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law discusses policy and constitutional concerns about the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would expand the right to carry concealed guns outside one's home state...For years, liberals and conservatives have argued about how to strike the ideal … [read more]

31 Dec 2016

JURIST contributing editor Allen Rostron of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law discusses recent developments in lawsuits seeking to impose tort liability for negligent sale of firearms. While gun dealers continue to face a substantial risk of liability for negligence, gun manufacturers enjoy a higher degree of immunity... … [read more]

15 Oct 2016

JURIST contributing editor Allen Rostron of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law discusses new gun laws enacted in Missouri and proposed in Pennsylvania and how they reflect an insatiable appetite for enacting pro-gun legislation even when gun rights are well secured under existing laws... While gun control remains a bitterly divisive issue, … [read more]

11 May 2015

JURIST guest columnist Allen Rostron of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law discusses Vermont's recent gun law in light of America's contentious gun politics... Vermont and Kansas are among the states where new laws relating to firearms will go into effect this summer. Vermont is taking limited steps … [read more]

2 Apr 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Allen Rostron of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law says that by approaching the District of Columbia v. Heller case in a spirit of conciliation and compromise rather than extremism, the Court can make its ruling on the interpretation of the Second Amendment a victory … [read more]

3 Nov 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Allen Rostron of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law says that new federal legislation immunizing gun makers from tort liability might protect them, but not the innocent people who are so often victims of gun crime... Americans have always cherished certain ideals about our justice … [read more]

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