November 20, 2014 – Professor Eugene Volokh is quoted in a San Diego Union-Tribune column about a lawsuit alleging that a California statue, which bans gun stores from displaying signs picturing handguns, violates the First Amendment.
“Commercial speech gets less protection,” Volokh agreed, “but it still gets substantial protection.” In 1975, he added, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a ban on advertising abortions and contraceptives. It also has struck down bans on advertising booze and gambling. If the product is legal, the court offers wide protections for advertising it.
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