Self-Help Resources

Self-Help, Criminal Justice Legal Documents (PDF) and Finance Documents (PDF), for Peaceful and Lawful Use

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NICS ATF 4473 Application Process

Federal Consequences of 18 USC § 922(g) Conviction

Federal Relief from Disabilities Programs Under the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007

Open Letter to States Attorney General, by Michael J. Sullivan of BATFE

Relief from Federal Firearm Disabilities on Mental Health Grounds, by Veronica Rose

Submission of Mental Health Records to NICS, by CRS

Firearms Industry Consulting Group’s Comments, by Joshua G. Prince, Esq

Defending Against a Federal Firearms Prosecution, by Timothy J. Henry, Esq



A Manual for Pro Se Litigants Appearing Before the United States District Court, by the Southern District of New York

Pro Se Handbook, by the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

Section 1983 Litigation – The Maze the Mud and the Madness, by Karen M. Blum, Esq

The Qualified Immunity Defense – What’s ‘Clearly Established’ and What’s Not, by Karen M. Blum, Esq

The Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook, by NLG and CCR

A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, by Columbia Human Rights Law Review

Federal Practice Manual for Legal Aid Attorneys, by the Shriver Center

U.S. Constitution Analysis and Interpretation,by the Congressional Research Service (2834 Pages)

Locking the Doors to Discovery – Assessing the Effects of Twombly and Iqbal on Access to Discovery, by Jonah B. Gelbach, Esq

Twombly, Pleading Rules, and the Regulation of Court Access, by Robert G. Bone, Esq

Who Can Police the Police, by Joanna C. Schwartz, Esq

Supervisory Liability After Iqbal – Misunderstood But Not Misnamed, by Karen M. Blum, Esq

What Police Learn From Lawsuits, by Joanna C. Schwartz, Esq

SOL Limitations of Time and Notice Requirements Chart, by Cozen O’Connor

Qualified Immunity Developments – Not Much Hope Left for Plaintiffs, by Karen M. Blum, Esq

Police Indemnification, by Joanna C. Schwartz, Esq

Measuring the Impact of Plausibility Pleading, by Alex Reinert, Esq

Making Out the Monell Claim under Section 1983, by Karen M. Blum, Esq

Myths and Mechanics of Deterrence – The Role of Lawsuits in Law Enforcement Decisionmaking, by Joanna C. Schwartz, Esq

Federal Tort Claims Act I, by Paul Michael Brown, Esq., in the Department of Justice

Chart for 50 States on Sovereign Immunity and Tort Claims Act, by Jaime Rall

How Governments Pay – Lawsuits, Budgets, and Police Reform, by Joanna C. Schwartz, Esq

Federal Tort Claims Act II, by Adam M. Dinnell, Esq., in the Department of Justice

Paying for Silence – The Liability of Police Officers Under Section 1983 For Suppressing Exculpatory Evidence, by Michael Avery, Esq

Can I Sue the Police – Rhode Island §1983 Guide, by The ACLU Foundation of Rhode Island

An Insurance-Based Typology of Police Misconduct, by John Rappaport, Esq

The Importance of State Law in Police Reform, by Roger L. Goldman, Esq

Proving the Lie: Litigating Police Credibility, by David N. Dorfman, Esq

Is Qualified Immunity Unlawful, by William Baude, Esq

Filming the Police – The First Amendment Retaliation Claim, by David B. Rankin, Esq. (Rankin & Taylor, PLLC)

Deceit, Pretext, and Trickery – Investigative Lies by the Police, by Christopher Slobogin, Esq (Oregon Law Review, 1997)










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“Firearms and Psychiatric Illness” , “Guns and Mental Illness” , “Guns and Psychiatric Illness” , “Section 1983” , “42 USC 1983” ,

“False Imprisonment” , “False Arrest” , “Medical Malpractice” , “Civil Rights” , “Second Amendment” ,

“2nd Amendment” , “Second Amendment and Mental Illness” , “Second Amendment and Psychiatric Illness”.



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18 U.S. Code § 922(g)(4) makes it a crime for any person who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution to … possess … any firearm or ammunition.