Summary: Federal Second Amendment constitutional challenge to federal lifetime ban under 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1) on firearm and ammunition possession/acquisition by those previously convicted of a qualifying non-violent crime.

Plaintiff/Petitioner: Lisa Folajtar

Defendants: United States Attorney General Merrick Garland, et al.

Supreme Court Counsel: David H. Thompson (Counsel of Record), Peter A. Patterson, and Steven J. Lindsay of Cooper & Kirk, PLLC; Joshua Prince of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C.; FPC Director of Legal Strategy Adam Kraut; FPC Director of Research Joseph Greenlee

Background: Joseph G.S. Greenlee, The Historical Justification For Prohibiting Dangerous Persons From Possessing Arms, 20 Wyo. L. Rev. 249 (2020)

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News Releases:

2021-3-30: With Briefing Concluded, FPC Second Amendment Lawsuit Now Awaits Supreme Court Action

2020-12-11: Cooper & Kirk, FPC File Supreme Court Petition for Review in Folajtar v. Barr Second Amendment Challenge

Key Events & Filings:

2021-4-19: Petition denied

2021-3-30: Reply of Lisa Folajtar

2021-3-17: Brief of Merrick B. Garland, Attorney General, et al. in opposition

2021-3-12: Amicus brief of Neal Goldfarb

2021-01-14: Amicus brief of Mountain States Legal Foundation's Center to Keep and Bear Arms

2021-01-14: Amicus brief of the Cato Institute, Reason Foundation, Individual Rights Foundation, and Independence Institute  

2021-01-14: Amicus brief of American Constitutional Rights Union

2021-01-12: Amicus brief of Firearms Policy Foundation, California Gun Rights Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation, and Madison Society Foundation

2020-12-11: U.S. Supreme Court: Petition for Certiorari

2020-11-24: Third Circuit Decision

2019-11-12: CA3 Oral Argument (audio)

2019-11-12: CA3 Oral Argument held (ARGUED on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Panel: AMBRO, KRAUSE and BIBAS, Circuit Judges. Patrick Nemeroff arguing for Appellees Attorney General United States of America, Director Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms & Explosives, Director Federal Bureau of Investigation and USA; Joshua Prince arguing for Appellant Lisa M. Folajtar.)

2019-9-17: Reply brief of Appellant Lisa Folajtar

2019-8-21: Brief of Appellees Attorney General USA Barr, et al.

2019-6-27: Brief of Firearms Policy Coalition, et al., in support of Appellant Lisa Folajtar

2019-6-20: Appellant's Opening Brief