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NEW YORK (February 9, 2024) – Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and FPC Action Foundation (FPCAF) announced the filing of an important brief with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the appellants in Grant v. Lamont, which challenges Connecticut’s ban on so-called “assault weapons.” The brief can be viewed at FPCLegal.org.

“In fact, repeating arms predate the Second Amendment by about three centuries and semiautomatic firearms existed in the 19th century,” argues the brief. “Despite continuous technological advancements over hundreds of years and widespread popularity once they became affordable in the 19th century, traditionally, repeating arms were never banned in America.”

“Connecticut does not have the power to prohibit its residents from owning and possessing some of the most common self-defense tools in the Nation,” said Cody J. Wisniewski, FPC Action Foundation’s Vice President and General Counsel, and co-author of the brief in this case. “Connecticut’s ban on common, semiautomatic firearms is not just unconstitutional, it is deeply immoral – it prevents peaceable individuals from possessing effective tools to defend their lives and the lives of their loved ones.”

The underlying case was brought by three individuals, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, and the Second Amendment Foundation.

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Firearms Policy Coalition (firearmspolicy.org), a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, exists to create a world of maximal human liberty, defend constitutional rights, advance individual liberty, and restore 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.

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