NEW YORK, NY (December 30, 2022) – Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced the filing of a new Second Amendment Challenge seeking to overturn New York’s ban on so-called “assault weapons” pursuant to the SAFE Act.

“Under [the Second Amendment], Plaintiffs Sears, Lane, and other law-abiding, responsible New Yorkers, have a fundamental, constitutionally guaranteed right to keep common firearms for defense of self and family and for other lawful pursuits,” The Complaint states. “But Defendants have enacted and enforced a flat prohibition on the possession, manufacture, transport, or disposal of many common semiautomatic firearms—tendentiously labeled “assault weapons”—by ordinary citizens, making it criminal for law-abiding, peaceable citizens to exercise their fundamental right to keep and bear such arms.” You can read the Complaint in its entirety at FPCLegal.Org

“The SAFE Act has infringed on the rights of millions of New Yorkers for far too long,” said FPC Director of Legal Operations Bill Sack. “The Second Amendment protects all arms in common use for lawful purposes - even those with the scary-yet-arbitrary cosmetic features the drafters of the SAFE Act wrongly vilified.”

FPC is joined in the litigation by Second Amendment Foundation.

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Firearms Policy Coalition (, 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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