SAN DIEGO, CA (September 19, 2022) – Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced the filing of a supplemental brief in its Nguyen v. Bonta lawsuit, which challenges California's ban on purchasing more than one handgun or semiautomatic, centerfire rifle in a 30-day period. The brief, which was requested by Judge William Hayes of the Southern District of California after the Supreme Court’s decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen, can be viewed at FPCLegal.org.
“No longer able to claim that this Court must ‘accord substantial deference’ to the legislature as it ‘experiment[s] with’ the fundamental rights of law-abiding people, Defendants must finally face the music and carry the burden they’ve had all along: to prove this regulation ‘is consistent with the Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation’ using historically relevant evidence,” argues the brief. “They cannot do so, for the same essential reasons that New York could not justify its ‘special need’ condition for public carry licenses at issue in Bruen.”
“Today’s Brief reiterates what we’ve been arguing from the start of this case, even before the Bruen decision came down,” said FPC Director of Legal Operations Bill Sack. “And now California can’t hide the dearth of historical analogies for this sort of regulation on the acquisition of protected arms behind arguments of watered down interest balancing.”
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