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Firearms Policy Coalition Announces Addition of Attorneys & Constitutional Law Scholars Joseph Greenlee, Adam Kraut, & Matthew Larosiere to Legal Team
“Each of these extraordinary attorneys has a deep commitment to individual liberty, freedom, and first principles. They are already hard at work in many areas of our key programs, including strong research, policy efforts, and legal action. Especially in light of recent demands for gun control, we look forward to their contributions and forming strategic coalitions with other liberty-promoting organizations,” concluded Combs.
FPC Statement Responding to Demands for More Restrictions on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in the Wake of Recent Mass Murders
FPC will continue to fight for what is right, to defend and advance our Constitution’s protection of fundamental human rights, even and especially when it is difficult.
Virginia Dodges a Bullet from the Gun Controllers
Earlier this week, we told you about VA Republican Majority Leader Norment's turncoat maneuver in support of gun control. This tyrant legislator betrayed his oath of office by proposing to ban firearms in state and local government buildings, and along with Gov. Ralph "KKK" Northam, set the stage for a gun debate in the Legislature.
Gov. Newsom Supports Expanding Gun Confiscation Laws
Not being content with merely wrecking California's ammunition market, Gov. Newsom has indicated he will likely sign legislation expanding so-called "Red Flag" laws.
FPC: Federal Lifetime Gun Ban is Unconstitutional, Argue Second Amendment Groups in Court Brief that Traces History Back to A.D. 602
“The Supreme Court has made clear that in evaluating a Second Amendment challenge, a court must interpret the Amendment’s text in light of the history and tradition of the founding era,” explained Greenlee.
VA GOP Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment (R-James City) Proposes Gun Control Bill
In response to Virginia Beach tragedy on May 31, 2019, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam called for a special session wherein state lawmakers would propose and consider new gun control laws. Taking up the call for gun control legislation and in an action unannounced to even some in his own staff, Virginia Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment (R-James City) decided to file his own gun control bill.
Gun Owners, Rights Organizations Sue California, Attorney General Becerra in New Federal Lawsuit Over State’s Age-Based Ban on Firearm Purchases
A new federal lawsuit was filed in federal district court in San Diego today. The case challenges on Second Amendment grounds the State of California’s discriminatory age-based general ban on firearm purchases by legal, law-abiding adults over the age of 18 but under the age of 21.
Sharp v. Becerra Case Update
This case deals with people who were denied the ability to register their firearms, putting them in legal jeopardy, because of what we allege are systemic issues within California DOJ, not the least of which was the DOJ’s non-functioning website that was plagued with problems, preventing many law-abiding gun owners from complying with the registration requirement.
Federal Judge Rules Against DOJ, Orders California “Assault Weapon” Due Process Lawsuit to Go Forward
“We are pleased that the judge recognized that our clients, and potentially many others, have a claim based on the DOJ’s systemic failures,” said lead counsel, George M. Lee. “We look forward to proving that the DOJ’s administrators were deliberately indifferent to the plight of law-abiding gun owners who were simply trying to comply with the law.”
LEGAL UPDATE: Cato Institute, FPC File Brief in 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Bump-Stock Ban Challenge
“As anyone who’s seen School House Rock can tell you, only Congress can write new laws,” the brief’s authors, Ilya Shapiro, Josh Blackman, and Matthew Larosiere explained. “Never to let something like a written constitution get in their way, the [Trump] administration tried to make new law by ‘reinterpreting’ an existing law: the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA)...”
Cato, FPC File Brief in 9th Circuit Appeal on Tax Law Conviction for Machine-Gun Charge
“Several years ago, Nick Bronsozian was charged with possession of an unregistered machinegun under a tax law statute. The provision in question, 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d), says that in order to have a machinegun registered, a tax must be paid on it,” explained amicus brief authors Ilya Shaprio and Matthew Larosiere at Cato’s eponymous Cato at Liberty blog, “[The Defendant-Appellant Mr.] Bronsozian didn’t pay his tax. Case closed. That’s what the government argued anyway, but the situation is more complicated than that.”
LEGAL UPDATE: Cato Institute, FPC Urge Appeals Court to Strike Down Trump Bump-Stock Ban
Today, the Cato Institute and Firearms Policy Coalition announced their filing of an important amicus brief in the appeal of Aposhian v. Barr, a case challenging the federal bump-stock ban, at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The brief may be viewed at www.firearmspolicy.org/legal and https://www.cato.org/blog/again-pointing-out-executive-power-abuses-new-bump-stock-ban.
BREAKING: FPC, FPF Join Challenge to Colorado Gun Magazine Ban, File Colorado Supreme Court Brief
Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF) announced the filing of an important brief before the Colorado Supreme Court in Sternberg v. Colorado, a case challenging the State’s ban on so-called “large-capacity” firearm magazines. The brief may be viewed at www.firearmspolicy.org/legal.
Gun Rights Groups Join Legal Challenge Over Illinois’s Firearm Owner ID Law
Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF) announced the filing of an important amicus brief before the Supreme Court of Illinois in People v. Brown, a key Second Amendment case challenging the constitutionality of the Illinois’s Firearm Owner Identification Card (FOID) laws. The coalition’s amicus brief can be viewed at www.firearmspolicy.org/legal.
PA Supreme Court: Unconstitutional to ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ For Firearms
The coalition’s brief, which was relied on heavily in the majority opinion, argued that the Pennsylvania and federal constitutions prohibit searches and seizures based on a suspicion of criminal activity due to carrying a firearm.
Federal Judge Orders Permanent Injunction Against Riverside County Over Unconstitutional ‘CCW’ Carry License Policy
Today, plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed last fall announced that Senior United States District Judge Dean D. Pregerson entered an order permanently enjoining Riverside County, California from having a policy and practice of preventing legal U.S. residents from exercising their right to apply for a carry license in Van Nieuwenhuyzen, et al. v. Riverside, CA Sheriff Stanley Sniff, et al.
Firearms Policy Coalition Applauds Washington State's Vote Against Executive Overreach
This Tuesday was a good day for the Second Amendment in Washington state. Gov. Jay Inslee signed SB 5260 which included a repeal of the governor’s own “emergency powers” ability. This ability allowed the governor to unilaterally ban the carrying of firearms outside the home.
U.S. Supreme Court Must Strike Down New York City Gun Control Rule and Tell Lower Courts to Enforce the Actual Text of Our Constitution’s Second Amendment, Argue Three Second Amendment Groups
Today, counsel for three gun rights groups submitted an important brief with the United States Supreme Court calling for the City of New York’s unconstitutional firearm law to be struck down. The court filing, authored by Supreme Court attorney Erik Jaffe of the Washington, D.C. boutique law firm Schaerr-Jaffe LLP, can be found at www.firearmspolicy.org/legal.
Nevada is One Step Closer to the Californication of Its Gun Rights
It seems that Californians escaping to Nevada because of the burdensome taxes of their home state have brought with them some dangerous policies about guns and the need for these essential tools to be restricted.
BREAKING: City of Pittsburgh, Mayor, and ‘Gun-Grabbing Gang of Six’ City Council-Members Sued Over New Gun Control Laws
Today, attorneys Joshua Prince and Adam Kraut of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., filed a new lawsuit against the City of Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill Peduto, and six City Council members over the City’s latest gun control legislation.
BREAKING: FPC, FPF Announce Expedited Appeal in Bumpstock Ban Cases
Attorneys for FPC and FPF filed opening briefs with the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the ongoing bumpstock ban lawsuits. Copies of the briefs and other filings are available at BumpStockCase.com.
Joint Statement on Federal Court Ruling That Denies Law-Abiding American’s Temporary Protection from President Trump’s Unconstitutional Bumpstock Ban
Our attorneys will continue to make every effort to protect American gun owners and their private property from the Administration’s dangerous retroactive, confiscatory ban than will turn thousands of good people into felons.