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Supreme Court Urged to Reverse Awful Ninth Circuit Decision Allowing Governments to Take Guns From People Who Can Legally Own Firearms

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 21, 2020) — Today, attorneys for California Gun Rights Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation, and a California resident filed a petition at the U.S. Supreme Court seeking review of an improperly decided Ninth Circuit ruling. The recent case filings in Rodriguez v. San Jose can be viewed at www.cagunrights.org/work.


Californians Seek Injunction Against Attorney General Becerra, DOJ, Over Unconstitutional Gun Ban Policy

SAN FRANCISCO (December 20, 2019) — Today, California Gun Rights Foundation (CGF) and Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced the filing of a motion for a preliminary injunction in the case of Chad Linton, et al, v. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, et al., a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging some of the State’s laws and policies that prevent certain individuals from exercising their fundamental right to keep and bear arms. Court filings are available at FPCLegal.org.

The motion, pending before Northern District of California Federal District Court Judge James Donato in San Francisco, requests that the “Court grant preliminary injunctive relief to prevent [Attorney General Becerra and the DOJ defendants] from continuing to deprive them of important rights under the Constitution” and “from enforcing and continuing to enforce their policies as they deny rights based upon non-violent, out-of-state felony convictions that have been set aside and vacated in their respective states of origin.”

“This case and this motion seek to vindicate and restore fundamental rights,” explained the plaintiffs’ attorney, George M. Lee. “We have presented compelling reasons why the State of California, Attorney General Becerra, and the Department of Justice cannot continue to deprive these gentlemen of their right to possess firearms.” 

“Kendall Jones has given over thirty years of his life in an honored career to the State, and has trained thousands of police officers in the use of firearms and life-saving tactics,” Lee continued. “The State he served has repaid him by branding him a ‘prohibited person’ and forbidding him from not only exercise his rights, but from engaging in a profession they trained him for.” 

Lee said that the motion is currently scheduled to be heard in January 2020, just over a month from today. The lawsuit is backed by Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF), Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), California Gun Rights Foundation (CGF), Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), and Madison Society Foundation (MSF), also institutional plaintiffs in the case.

Anyone who is similarly affected by California’s laws and policies are encouraged to contact the FPC/FPF Legal Action Hotline at www.firearmspolicy.org/hotline or (855) 252-4510 (available 24 / 7 / 365). 

Firearms Policy Coalition (www.firearmspolicy.org) is a 501(c)4 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, advance individual liberty, and restore freedom.

Firearms Policy Foundation (www.firearmsfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPF’s mission is to defend the Constitution of the United States and the People’s rights, privileges and immunities deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition, especially the inalienable, fundamental, and individual right to keep and bear arms.

California Gun Rights Foundation (www.cagunrights.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves its members, supporters, and the public through educational, cultural, and judicial efforts to advance Second Amendment and related civil rights. 

Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing, and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

Madison Society Foundation (www.madison-society.org) is a 501(c)(3) grassroots nonprofit based in California. It promotes and preserves the purposes of the Constitution of the United States, in particular the right to keep and bear arms. MSF provides the general public and its members with education and training on this important right.

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Second Amendment Protects So-Called “Large-Capacity” Gun Magazines, FPC, CGF Argue in Important 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Brief Joined by Second Amendment Foundation, Armed Equality, Others

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 24, 2019) — Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and California Gun Rights Foundation (CGF) announced the filing of an important legal brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the State of California’s ban on so-called “large-capacity” magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. The brief is available online at FPCLegal.org.

FPC's coalition brief was joined by nine individual gun owners, all plaintiffs in another federal magazine lawsuit, and eight Second Amendment advocacy organizations, including Second Amendment Foundation and Armed Equality—a pro-right to keep and bear arms group that emphasizes armed and responsible self-defense for its LGBTQ+ members, who are especially vulnerable to attacks involving multiple assailants. The brief argues that so-called “large-capacity” magazines are inherent components of functional firearms; that they are constitutionally protected because they are “in common use” for lawful purposes;  and that because they are constitutionally protected, they cannot be banned. 

“This case presents the type of Second Amendment challenge the Supreme Court has ruled on more than any other: a challenge to a prohibition on particular arms. And the Court’s precedent is clear: if the arms are commonly owned by law-abiding citizens, they cannot be prohibited,” said FPC Director of Research and brief lead author, Joseph Greenlee. “Evidence presented in this case shows that over 100 million magazines of the type that the State of California bans are owned in America. It is therefore indisputable that the magazines are common, and as such, their prohibition violates the Second Amendment.”

“Magazines are inherent, operating parts of all semi-automatic firearms, and it is indisputable that the so-called ‘large-capacity magazines’ at issue in this case are in common use for lawful purposes and protected by the Constitution,” explained George M. Lee of Seiler Epstein LLP, co-counsel on the brief and lead counsel in a similar magazine challenge in the Eastern District of California Federal District Court. “This brief shows why the court must affirm the decision below and restore the true command of Heller, which holds that these arms cannot be banned.”

Attorney Lee also recently filed a federal constitutional challenge to California’s ban on so-called “assault weapons” based on the district court’s ruling in Duncan (striking down the California magazine ban) and the State’s definitions of banned “assault weapons” (some of which are based on a firearm’s characteristics, including the use of a so-called “large-capacity” magazine in an otherwise legally-configured firearm). That case, captioned Miller v. Becerra, was assigned to Southern District of California Federal District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez, who struck down the State’s magazine ban in Duncan. The parties expect further filings in that case in the coming weeks.

Firearms Policy Coalition (www.firearmspolicy.org) is a 501(c)4 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States—especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms—advance individual liberty, and restore freedom.

California Gun Rights Foundation (www.cagunrights.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves its members, supporters, and the public through educational, cultural, and judicial efforts to advance Second Amendment and related civil rights.

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Background

  • This case is a challenge to California’s prohibition on “large-capacity magazines”—defined as magazines “with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds” of ammunition (see, e.g., Cal. Penal Code § 16740).
  • The California magazine ban is especially extreme because it is confiscatory in nature and bans the mere possession of the magazines, meaning those already legally owned by law-abiding Californians are required to be confiscated, surrendered, destroyed, or otherwise disposed of.
  • The FPC brief argues that the ban must be held unconstitutional because it is nearly the same law that the Supreme Court struck down in Heller: both involve bans on some of the most popular arms in the country.
  • The Supreme Court in Heller held that a handgun ban (like California’s magazine ban) was unconstitutional, based on their commonality. The Court did not consider statistics regarding defensive gun uses or crime, nor did it weigh the costs or benefits of banning handguns. Rather, the Court determined that since handguns are commonly chosen for self-defense by law-abiding people, a ban on handgun possession violates the Second Amendment.
  • FPC was joined in the brief by amici individual gun owners William Wiese, Jeremiah Morris, Lance Cowley, Sherman Macaston, Clifford Flores, L.Q. Dang, Frank Federau, Alan Normandy, and Todd Nielsen, all plaintiffs in the Wiese v. Becerra magazine ban challenge that was filed soon after the enactment of Proposition 63 and Senate Bill 1446 in late 2016.
  • FPC was also joined by amici organizations Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF), California Gun Rights Foundation (CGF), Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), Armed Equality (AE), San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), Orange County Gun Owners (OCGO), Riverside County Gun Owners (RCGO), and California County Gun Owners (CCGO).

Announcement From CGF Chairman Gene Hoffman Regarding Organizational Name Change

I’m reaching out to everyone because we’ve recently made a change here at CGF, and I want to make sure all our supporters are aware of it and what it means going forward.

You may have noticed that you’ve been receiving emails from us under the name of California Gun Rights Foundation. 


CGF Seeks U.S. Supreme Court Review in Constitutional Challenge to California’s Handgun Roster, Microstamping Laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 28, 2018)­­­­­­ — Today, attorneys Alan Gura and Donald Kilmer filed a petition for Supreme Court review in a federal Second and Fourteenth Amendment lawsuit challenging the State of California’s handgun roster and “microstamping” laws. The California Gun Rights Foundation, an institutional plaintiff in the case, is joined by Second Amendment Foundation and four individuals. A copy of the petition for certiorari can be found here.