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SOME RECENT LEGAL ACTIONS & BRIEFS

July 11, 2019 - Federal 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals

July 1, 2019 - Federal 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals

July 1, 2019 - District of California Federal District Court (Southern District, San Diego)

Jones, et al. v. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, et al.

  • Federal Second Amendment challenge to the State of California’s ban on firearm purchases by legal, law-abiding adults over the age of 18 but under the age of 21.

June 25, 2019 - Federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

June 21, 2019 - Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Cato Institute and FPC file joint amicus brief in the appeal of U.S. v. Bronsozian, a case concerning a conviction for failing to pay a tax for a "machinegun" that cannot be paid due to other statutes, arguing that as the Supreme Court has repeatedly found, a tax must be a tax. For a government of enumerated powers to function, those powers must be clearly defined. The fact that a case involves guns—even unpopular guns—is not a reason to smudge the taxing power into a grant to do whatever the government wants.

June 17, 2019 - U.S. Supreme Court

  • FPF, et al. submit application to U.S. Supreme Court, Circuit Justice Roberts for extension of time to file a petition for writ of certiorari in Guedes, et al. v. BATFE (bumpstock ban challenge)

June 13, 2019 - Federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

June 3, 2019 - Colorado Supreme Court

May 31, 2019 - Illinois Supreme Court

May 31, 2019 - Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Commonwealth v. Hicks

May 14, 2019 - U.S. Supreme Court

NYSRPA, et al. v. City of New York (merits stage) amicus brief

  • FPC, FPF, and CGF argue that the "Constitution itself has done the categorizing and those rights covered ‘shall not be infringed.’ Period," and that so-called “tiers” of scrutiny used by courts are a “wholly judicial invention” that “should be viewed with skepticism when applied to conduct directly protected by the constitutional text.”
  • Related news release HERE

ADDITIONAL LEGAL ACTIONS & BRIEFS

Holloway v. United States Attorney General Barr, et al.

  • 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.

Defense Distributed, Brandon Combs, Firearms Policy Coalition, et al. v. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal

  • This case is a federal constitutional challenge to New Jersey statutes and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal's Orwellian and tyrannical enforcement practices, including a threat of prosecution about CodeIsFreeSpeech.com

Firearms Policy Coalition v. Acting U.S. Attorney General Whitaker, ATF, et al.

  • FPC v. Whitaker, et al. is a federal constitutional, statutory, and APA challenge to the DOJ/ATF ban on "bump-stock" devices

Guedes et al. v. Acting Attorney General Whitaker, ATF, et al.

  • Guedes, et al. v. Whitaker, et al. is a federal APA and constitutional challenge to the DOJ/ATF's ban on "bump-stock" devices

Linton, et al. v. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, DOJ, et al.

  • Linton v. Becerra is a federal Second Amendment, Full Faith and Credit, Privileges and Immunities, and Fourteenth Amendment constitutional challenge to the State's laws and policies that prevent people who had their firearm rights restored in other states from possessing and purchasing firearms and ammunition in California.

Van Nieuwenhuyzen, et al. v. Riverside, CA Sheriff Stanley Sniff, et al.

  • Van Nieuwenhuyzen, et al. v. Riverside, CA Sheriff Stanley Sniff, et al. was a federal Second and Fourteenth Amendment constitutional challenge to Riverside County's and former Sheriff Stanley Sniff's unconstitutional policies and practices that prevented some people from applying for and being approved for a carry license (CCW) on the basis of citizenship. 
  • May 24, 2019 - VICTORY! United States District Judge Dean D. Pregerson entered an order permanently enjoining Riverside County, CA from having a policy and practice of preventing legal U.S. residents from exercising their right to apply for a carry license

Sharp, et al. v. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, DOJ, et al.

  • Sharp, et al. v. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, et al. is a constitutional challenge to the DOJ's defective "bullet button assault weapon" registration system that prevented many Californians from registering their firearms before July 1, 2018, thus denying them exemption from many serious criminal laws, and a petition for writ of mandate to require the DOJ to register their firearms as many individuals intended to do before July 1.

Carlton, et al. v. Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey, et al.

  • Carlton v. Healey is a lawsuit to challenge to Attorney General Maura Healey's total denial of access to public records about "3D printed guns" (AG's term).

FPC, FPF Comment in Opposition to ATF's Proposed "Bump-Stock" Ban Rulemaking (docket no. 17R-22)

  • Attorneys for Firearms Policy Coalition and Firearms Policy Foundation submitted over 900 pages of analysis and supporting exhibits, including a video that shows the actual operation of a “bump-stock-device” on an AR-15 type firearm, in an extensive opposition that shows the Trump Administration’s illegal proposed ban fails every test.

Guardanapo v. Washoe County School District, et al.

  • Federal lawsuit challenging the school district's and Kendyl Depoali Middle School's ban on wearing pro-gun rights FPC tee shirts and overbroad dress code policy banning pro-gun rights free speech
  • VICTORY! Secured a judgment against the school district, wherein they admitted to violating G.M.'s rights, and payment of $25,000 in attorneys fees.

DeLuz, FPC, CGF v. California Department of Justice

  • Constitutional and statutory challenge to CA DOJ's denial of access to DOJ firearm regulations

Wiese, FPC et al., v. Becerra 

  • Federal lawsuit challenging the State of California's confiscatory ban on "large-capacity" magazines

Avitabile, FPC, FPF v. State of New York, Lt. Col. Beach

Publius & Hoskins v. Diane Boyer-Vine 

  • First Amendment “Tyrant Registry” free speech lawsuit
  • VICTORY! U.S. Chief District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill ordered a permanent injunction (matching the preliminary injunction).

Hulbert, FPC et al. v. Annapolis, Maryland Mayor Mike Pantelides, et al.

  • Federal Second Amendment lawsuit challenging Annapolis, MD's ban on Tasers and other “less-than-lethal” electronic self-defense weapons
  • VICTORY: Full repeal!

Gallinger, FPC et al. v. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra 

  • Ninth Circuit
  • Constitutional challenge to California Senate Bill 707, exemptions for retired government employees

FPC SADC, et al. v. California Attorney General Kamala Harris

  • First Amendment challenge to California law banning use of Assembly video of gun control bill debates for political speech and FPC advertisements about Proposition 63
  • VICTORY: U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr., issued a preliminary injunction!
  • VICTORY: Settlement and fee recovery
  • VICTORY: Full repeal! Legislature completely repealed the law.

Pena v. Horan Supreme Court (cert stage) amicus brief

  • Brief filed at the United States Supreme Court in support of a Second Amendment challenge to California's handgun Roster and microstamping requirements that prevent law-abiding people from buying handguns that are in common use for lawful purposes throughout the United States

Mance v. Whitaker amicus brief

  • Brief filed at the United States Supreme Court in support of a Second Amendment challenge to federal gun control laws that prohibit law-abiding people from buying handguns outside of their state of primary residence

Young v. Hawaii amicus brief

  • Ninth Circuit; right to bear arms outside the home

Teixeira v. County of Alameda amicus brief 

  • Ninth Circuit; gun store ban lawsuit
  • Being petitioned to U.S. Supreme Court

Hollis v. Lynch amicus brief 

  • Fifth Circuit; machine gun lawsuit

Jackson v. San Francisco amicus brief 

  • U.S. Supreme Court; locked storage lawsuit

Peruta v. County of San Diego amicus brief

  • Ninth Circuit; right-to-carry lawsuit

Silvester v. Becerra amicus brief 

  • U.S. Supreme Court; 10-day waiting period lawsuit

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