Morehouse v. ATF — Appellants’ Opening Brief

Jeremiah Morgan Administrative Law, Firearms Law, Litigation, Statutory Construction, U. S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Today, our firm filed in the Eight Circuit the Opening Brief of the Private Appellants in the challenge to the Biden Administration’s ATF rulemaking on frames and receivers challenging the denial of a preliminary injunction by the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota.

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Antonyuk v. Hochul — Temporary Restraining Order

Jeremiah Morgan Constitutional Law, Firearms Law, Litigation, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York

This morning, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York issued a Temporary Restraining Order. The court temporarily restrained New York from enforcing certain provisions of its new Concealed Carry Improvement Act pending a decision on the motion for preliminary injunction.

Link to court’s TRO

Rhode v. Bonta — Supplemental Amicus Brief

Jeremiah Morgan Constitutional Law, Firearms Law, U. S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Today, our firm filed a supplemental amicus brief addressing the effect of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen on the Rhode case. Our firm previously filed an amicus brief in support of Rhode in the Ninth Circuit on August 7, 2020.

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Yukutake v. Hawaii — Supplemental Amicus Brief

Jeremiah Morgan Constitutional Law, Firearms Law, U. S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Today, our firm filed a supplemental amicus brief addressing the effect of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen on the Yukutake case. Our firm previously filed an amicus brief in support of Yukutake in the Ninth Circuit on May 2, 2022.

Link to supplemental amicus brief

Duncan v. Bonta — Supplemental Amicus Brief on Remand

Jeremiah Morgan Constitutional Law, Firearms Law, U. S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Today, we filed a supplemental amicus brief on remand, our fourth amicus brief in this case. Our brief recounted the two-step test overturned by the Supreme Court in Bruen, and put this case in the context of the various cases on remand within the Ninth Circuit since Bruen. It then explained how to apply Bruen to this case. Our brief also reminded the Ninth Circuit of Read More

Torcivia v. Suffolk County — Amicus Supporting Petition for Certiorari

Jeremiah Morgan Constitutional Law, Firearms Law, U. S. Supreme Court

Today our firm filed an amicus brief in support of a challenge to a Second Circuit decision which upheld an illegal search and seizure of firearms in his home by police after Petitioner was taken for a mental health examination. The police now assert that the “special needs exception” to the Fourth Amendment permitted the search and seizure.

Our brief urges the Supreme Court to grant Read More

Yukutake v. Hawaii — Amicus Brief

Jeremiah Morgan Constitutional Law, Firearms Law, U. S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Today, our firm filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to help defend a decision of the district court of Hawaii striking down two state restrictions on firearms purchase. Hawaii law requires that even after obtaining a permit to purchase a specific handgun, the permit expired after 10 days, and then the firearm must be physically carried to a police station for inspection. Read More

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen — SCOTUS Merits

admin Constitutional Law, Firearms Law, U. S. Supreme Court

Today we filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a challenge to the virtual ban on concealed carry in New York State.   The brief was filed on behalf of Gun Owners of America, Gun Owners Foundation, and the Heller Foundation.  We critique the Second Circuit case in Kachalsky v County of Westchester, explain how the New York licensing scheme undermines the prefatory Read More

GOA & GOF Comments Opposing ATF Re-Definition of “Frame or Receiver.”

admin Administrative Law, Firearms Law

Today we filed comments with the ATF on behalf of our clients Gun Owners of America and Gun Owners Foundation.  These comments relate to Docket No. ATF 2021R-05:  “Definition of ‘Frame or Received’ and Identification of Firearms.”  These Comments explain why ATF has no authority to make these changes in the definition of “frame or receiver” set out in 8 U.S.C. Section 921(a)(3).

Link to Comments

Duncan v. Bonta

admin Constitutional Law, Firearms Law, U. S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Today, we filed an amicus brief attacking the constitutionality of a
California ban on standard capacity magazines, which the California law
mislabels as “Large Capacity Magazines.” The District Court and Ninth
Circuit panel both ruled for that the laws were unconstitutional, and
the Ninth Circuit granted rehearing en banc. Our brief defends the
decision Read More

Wade v. Regents of the University of Michigan

admin Constitutional Law, Firearms Law, Michigan Supreme Court

Today our firm filed an amicus brief in support of a challenge to the University of Michigan’s infringement on the Second Amendment rights of its students.  We explain why the university’s ordinance violates the U.S. Constitution, the Michigan Constitution, and various decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court, including District of Columbia v. Heller.

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Mai v. United States

admin Constitutional Law, Firearms Law, U. S. Supreme Court

Today our firm filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit decision which allowed a ban on gun possession by a man who had suffered a mental health crisis as a minor, but who had since then been found by the State of Washington not to be a danger to himself or to others.  Nevertheless, as the Ninth Circuit has done in every Second Amendment challenge brought before Read More

Caniglia v. Strom

admin Constitutional Law, Firearms Law, U. S. Supreme Court

Today our firm filed an amicus brief in support of a challenge to a First Circuit decision which upheld an illegal search and seizure of firearms by police after a Petitioner husband and his wife had a non-violent, non-threatening argument.  Tired of arguing with his wife, the husband threw down an unloaded handgun and said something like “just shoot me.”  The next day the police showed Read More

Rhode v. Becerra

admin Constitutional Law, Firearms Law, U. S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Today our firm filed an amicus brief in support of a challenge to a California law which requires background checks for persons seeking to buy ammunition. Our brief explained the history of how the 9th Circuit has employed various legal tests and other techniques to allow certain judges hostile to gun rights to evade application of the Second Amendment, as written.

Link to brief