The Arkansas legislature overrode a veto by Governor Mike Beebe to enact a pro-life law that bans abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.

While reviewing a challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, several Supreme Court justices questioned the need for continuing an important provision of the act (Section 5), which requires only certain geographic areas — mainly seven Southern states, Alaska, Arizona, and three boroughs of New York City, as well as numerous smaller jurisdictions  — to obtain federal preclearance before making changes in voting laws. 

The U.S. Court of Appeals is giving the state of Illinois until June to adopt legalized concealed carry of a firearm.

A 5-4 majority threw out a challenge to the law authorizing the federal government to monitor and record electronic communication of all citizens.

In a letter to veterans from the Department of Veterans' Affairs, veterans labeled as incompetent are being forbidden from purchasing guns or ammunition.