ABOUT FPC

SUMMARY

Firearms Policy Coalition (firearmspolicy.org) is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization founded on a philosophy of natural rights with an unambiguous Purpose, consistent Values, and clear Mission to fight for the People, liberty, and freedom. FPC’s efforts are focused on the right to keep and bear arms and adjacent issues including freedom of speech, due process, unlawful searches and seizures, separation of powers, asset forfeitures, privacy, encryption, and limited government. The FPC team are next-generation advocates working to achieve the Organization’s strategic objectives through litigation, research, scholarly publications, amicus briefing, legislative and regulatory action, grassroots activism, education, outreach, and other programs. FPC typically has members and supporters in all 50 U.S. States and the District of Columbia. FPC Law (FPCLaw.org) is the nation’s first and largest public interest legal team focused on the right to keep and bear arms and the leader in the Second Amendment litigation and research space.


OUR CORE BELIEFS

We believe that the People’s access to and exercise of natural rights, including that to personal property, are necessary to achieve and maintain a free world. To that end:

  • We believe that natural rights are not granted by governments, a byproduct of majority consensus or majoritarian process, or mere privileges conferred by any government, group, or creation of man. 
  • We believe that natural rights include but are not limited to the rights to self-defense and use of just force against unjust force; acquiring, possessing, training with, carrying, and using arms for moral and just purposes; free speech; association; protest; privacy; due process; equal protection of the laws; private property; and free markets.
  • We believe that how a government or society regulates the right to keep and bear arms is a strong and likely leading indicator of how that government or society does or will approach regulation of other natural rights and personal property.
  • We believe that well-armed people make tyranny at scale significantly more costly.
  • We believe that liberty is correlated with access to innovation and technology, including but not limited to that of arms, speech, and encryption.
  • We believe that it is immoral to unjustly use force to take the life, liberty, or property of others.
  • We believe that we must eliminate coercion and immoral laws, policies, regulations, customs, and enforcement practices in order to fulfill our Purpose.

WHAT WE ARE FOR

Our Cause: All people have natural rights and are inherently entitled to life, liberty, and property, all of which are necessary to human flourishing. Our just cause is to create a world of maximal liberty and freedom so that all of humanity has enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

Our Purpose: End government coercion that separates peaceable people from their life, liberty, and property.

Our Product: Expanded freedom and an increasingly active, courageous, and confident culture that embraces and actively defends life, liberty, and property.


OUR CURRENT MISSION

Objective: Restore the essential right to keep and bear arms in the United States.

Target Achievement: On or before Dec. 31, 2032, or as soon as achievable.

Key Tasks: To achieve our Current Mission, we must

  • Eliminate bans on the acquisition, possession, moral use, and disposition of firearms and parts necessary to an essential scope and capability of the right to keep and bear arms (i.e., fully featured semi-automatic firearms, magazines that hold more than 10 rounds).
  • Eliminate prohibitions on the times, places, and manners of bearing arms in non-sensitive public places.
  • Eliminate prohibitions on the personal manufacture of common categories of firearms.
  • Eliminate prohibitions on access to and exercise of the right to keep and bear arms with respect to non-dangerous adult legal residents and citizens of the United States aged 18 and older.

End State: All adult legal residents and citizens of the United States who are not prohibited under constitutionally sound, historically supported factors following adjudication can, if they choose, (1) acquire, possess, self-manufacture, morally use, and dispose of or transfer to another such person common arms (including but not limited to semi-automatic firearms with standard magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition), and (2) bear leaded, operable firearms for self-defense and other moral purposes in non-sensitive public places, without fear or risk of arrest, prosecution, or state persecution.

Building Towards: Our vision and expanded mission of restoring the full right to keep and bear arms and adjacent liberties in the United States and throughout the world.


OUR ETHIC

Our Firearms Policy Ethic is the heart of our organization and shared identity. It guides and motivates our actions consistent with our core beliefs and values. We are honorable servants of the cause of liberty and human flourishing and faithful stewards of the people, resources, and liberties entrusted to our care. We are morally committed to our just cause. This duty requires a foundation of trust with the people we serve, reinforced as we contribute honorable service, expertise, and stewardship with courageous esprit de corpsWithin our profession, we earn and sustain trust by demonstrating character, competence, and commitment to each other and the people we serve. We make right decisions and take right actions that are ethical, effective, and efficient.


OUR EXPECTATIONS (CORE VALUES)

We:

  • Operate with integrity according to our Core Beliefs and the Firearms Policy Ethic.
  • Deliver value by consistently meeting expectations on time.
  • Take ownership of and responsibility for our decisions, actions, and outcomes.
  • Communicate—up, down, and across—without needing to be asked.
  • Overcome challenges and achieve objectives with tenacity and grit.
  • Learn from failures, mistakes, criticism, feedback, and success.

OUR CURRENT AREAS OF OPERATION

Culture: Through the FPC Team of advocates, we

  1. Grow and support a nation-wide network of informed, vocal individuals who actively promote the philosophy of natural rights and work to eliminate laws and policies that limit or otherwise conflict with liberty;
  2. Support policy changes consistent with the FPC Purpose and Mission;
  3. Encourage the People to draw a hard line and reject government expansion and interference with the People’s rights and liberty.

Legal: Through FPC Law, the nation’s first and largest full-scope public interest legal team focused on the right to keep and bear arms and adjacent/interconnected rights, we

  1. Conduct strategic litigation, research, publication of scholarship, and file “friend of the court” briefings in order to invalidate and enjoin enforcement of unconstitutional laws;
  2. Build precedent for future litigation strategies;
  3. Create new opportunities for the People’s exercise of fundamental rights;
  4. Shift approaches in judicial review towards a constitutionally consistent mode of scrutiny in support of the Mission;
  5. Discourage legislators and executive branch officials from enacting and enforcing negative policies by using success to increase social acceptance of desired items/conduct, and thus impose new/higher political costs for undesired policies and practices.

Legislative/Regulatory Advocacy: Through FPC Advocacy, we

  1. Deploy grassroots activists and lobbyist liaisons in strategic campaigns and efforts to support the enactment of positive or essential policies (i.e., “constitutional carry”);
  2. Fiercely oppose regulations that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms, freedom of speech, due process, privacy/encryption, and other key issue areas to reduce resource drain to new battle-spaces.