Summary: Lawsuit challenging California’s laws and policies that deny Second Amendment rights to peaceable people whose rights should have been fully restored after their non-violent felony convictions in other states were vacated and nullified.
Plaintiffs: Chad Linton, Paul McKinley Stewart, Kendall Jones; Firearms Policy Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, Second Amendment Foundation, The Calguns Foundation, and Madison Society Foundation
Defendants: Attorney General Rob Bonta; Acting DOJ Bureau of Firearms Chief Brent Orick (sub'd; prev. Martin Horan); Deputy Attorney General Robert Wilson
Litigation Counsel: George M. Lee, Seiler Epstein Ziegler & Applegate LLP
Docket: N.D. CA case no. 3:18-cv-07653 | CourtListener Docket
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Key Filings & Events:
- 2023-4-18: Defendants’ Memorandum in Response to Order Requesting Briefing
- 2023-4-18: Plaintiffs’ Brief in Response to Court Questions
- 2023-3-24: Order Re Hearing
- 2023-2-3: Statement of Recent Decision/Supplementary Material
- 2022-10-11: Plaintiffs’ Reply Memorandum in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment, or in the Alternative, for Partial Summary Judgment
- 2022-9-26: Defendants’ Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment or, in the Alternative, Partial Summary Judgment
- 2022-8-26: Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment, or in the Alternative, for Partial Summary Judgment
- 2022-6-30: ORDER. The stay is lifted. The parties are directed to file new summary judgment motion papers in lieu of supplement briefs, and should account for new cases published after the prior briefs were filed.
- 2022-6-28: Plaintiffs’ Administrative Motion to Lift Stay, And to Permit Supplemental Briefing on Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment
- 2022-1-3: ORDER. The stay is continued pending final disposition of the petition for writ of certiorari in Duncan v. Bonta. The parties are directed to promptly advise the Court of the disposition of the case.
- 2021-12-28: Joint Status Report
- 2021-3-5: ORDER. The motion for summary judgment, Dkt. No. 47, is administratively terminated, and the case is stayed and administratively closed pending further order. The Ninth Circuit recently vacated the panel opinion in Duncan v. Becerra, 970 F.3d 1133 (9th Cir. 2020), and voted to re-hear the case en banc. The panel's majority and dissenting opinions both addressed standards central to plaintiffs' Second Amendment arguments, and the majority opinion was discussed in detail in plaintiffs' reply brief. Consequently, there is a strong possibility that the outcome of the summary judgment motion will be affected by the result of the en banc proceedings, and so deferring a decision on the motion is warranted. The parties are directed to file a joint status report within thirty days of the en banc decision that addresses whether it warrants new or additional briefing.
- 2020-9-21: Plaintiffs' Reply Memorandum in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment, or In The Alternative, For Partial Summary Judgment
- 2020-8-21: Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs Motion for Summary Judgment or, In the Alternative, For Partial Summary Judgment
- 2020-6-22: Plaintiffs’ Notice of Motion and Motion For Summary Judgment, or In The Alternative, For Partial Summary Judgment
- 2019-12-16: Defendants' Answer to First Amended Complaint
- 2019-12-2: First Amended Complaint
- 2019-12-2: Order: "Plaintiffs' motion for leave to file an amended complaint is granted..."
- 2019-11-15: Motion for Leave to File First Amended Complaint; Declaration of George Lee in Support of Motion; Proposed Order
- 2019-8-22: Minute Order Terminating Motion to Dismiss (Filed 8/23/19)
- 2019-8-22: Hearing on Motion to Dismiss
- 2019-3-22: Defendants' Reply in support of Motion to Dismiss
- 2019-3-12: Plaintiffs' Opposition to Motion to Dismiss
- 2019-3-8: Plaintiffs' Request for Judicial Notice ISO Opposition to Motion to Dismiss
- 2019-2-22: Defendants' Motion to Dismiss
- 2018-12-20: Complaint with exhibits
Related Press Releases:
- 2022-8-29: FPC Files for Injunction To Restore Individuals’ Second Amendment Rights In California
- 2020-2-4: FPC, FPF Announce New Briefs Filed in Lawsuits on Calif. “Assault Rifle” Ban, New Jersey Magazine Ban, Calif. Prohibited Person Ban; PA Commonwealth Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Order Against Pennsylvania State Police
- 2019-12-19: Californians Seek Injunction Against Attorney General Becerra, DOJ, Over Unconstitutional Gun Ban Policy
- 2018-12-20: Federal Lawsuit Seeks to Restore Individuals' Firearms Rights in State of California