Professor Timothy Lytton was quoted in the Wall Street Journal‘s December 22, 2015, article “Governors in New York, Connecticut Seek Gun Curbs” on the potential use of executive orders by the governors of these states to prohibit gun sales to persons named on federal terrorist watch lists. A similar ban was implemented in New Jersey two years ago; however, it was passed by the NJ legislature and signed into law two years ago by Governor Chris Christie, rather than through executive order. The NJ ban has not faced any legal challenges to date. Federally, Democrats attempted to pass a similar law but it was defeated in the Senate in December with Republicans arguing that it was unconstitutional.
Timothy D. Lytton is a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law and a member of the Center for Law, Health & Society. His expertise is in the public policy implications of tort litigation. Lytton is the editor of Suing the Gun Industry: A Battle at the Crossroads of Gun Control and Mass Torts (2005).