February 10, 2016—Professor Eugene Volokh was quoted in Courthouse News
on whether California may continue banning advertisements depicting handguns.
Attorneys told a Ninth Circuit panel that it ultimately comes down to free speech versus public safety.
"This is a classic example of a case where the government bans advertising because it is afraid it is going to be too persuasive to adults," Professor Volokh said. "It is afraid that people will see the ad and buy guns for what the government thinks are improper reasons or without adequate deliberation."