CAMDEN, NJ (October 10, 2023) – Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced that it has filed a motion for summary judgment in its Cheeseman v. Platkin lawsuit, which challenges New Jersey’s unconstitutional ban on so-called “assault weapons.” The motion can be viewed at FPCLegal.org.
“The Ban targets a vast array of arms in common use for lawful purposes through a regulatory scheme that effectively bans all ordinary law-abiding residents from even possessing these arms, much less purchasing or using them for their lawful purposes,” argues the motion. “The indisputably ubiquitous use of these otherwise widely available arms means they necessarily are not and could never be shown to be ‘dangerous and unusual,’ as must be the case before a State may subject them to an outright ban.”
“New Jersey’s ban on constitutionally protected arms is both unconstitutional and morally reprehensible,” said Cody J. Wisniewski, FPC Action Foundation’s General Counsel and Vice President of Legal, and counsel for FPC. “Not only does New Jersey lack the power to ban its residents from owning these arms, but the ban targets some of the most commonly chosen arms in the nation for self-defense–arms that New Jersey’s politicians demand for their own protection. The fact those politicians would deny the same to the residents of New Jersey shows their lack of concern for the People.”
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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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