Texas v. ATF — Temporary Restraining Order Issued

Jeremiah Morgan Administrative Law, Firearms Law, Litigation, U. S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Last night, on the eve of the effective date of the ATF’s final rule “Definition of ‘Engaged in the Business’ as a Dealer in Firearms,” the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a temporary restraining order until June 2 against the enforcement of the rule against Texas, Jeffery Tormey, Gun Owners of America, Inc., Gun Owners Foundation, Tennessee Firearms Association, Read More

Baird v. Bonta — Amicus Brief

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

Today, our firm filed an amicus brief in a challenge to California’s near-complete ban on open carry of firearms. Our brief exposed how the district court rewrote the issues of the case so that it could reach its own predetermined decision, criticized and then rejected the Supreme Court’s decision in Heller and Bruen, and upheld yet another California law violating Read More

Gun Owners of America v. Raoul — Petition for Certiorari

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

Today, our firm, with Stephen Stamboulieh, Esquire, filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari, seeking review of the Seventh Circuit’s holding that the Illinois ban on so-called “assault weapons” does not violate the Second Amendment. Our petition explained how the Seventh Circuit resists the Supreme Court’s decisions on the Second Amendment, instead creating a dichotomy between Read More

Maryland Shall Issue v. Moore — Amicus Brief

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

Today, our firm filed an amicus brief in support of a challenge to Maryland’s handgun license requirement. Our brief set out the history of the Fourth Circuit’s rejection of the Supreme Court’s decisions on the Second Amendment, and demonstrated that the permit requirement violates the Second Amendment as well as the Bruen test. Our brief concluded by providing examples of individuals Read More

Antonyuk v. James — Petition for Certiorari

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

Today, our firm, with Stephen Stamboulieh, Esquire, filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari, seeking review of the Second Circuit’s decision in upholding the New York Concealed Carry Improvement Act. Our petition seeks review of New York’s good moral character requirement as well as the expansion Read More

Garland v. Cargill — Amicus Brief

Jeremiah Morgan Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Firearms Law, Statutory Construction, U. S. Supreme Court

Today, our firm filed our fifth amicus brief opposing the ATF’s Rule banning bumpstocks — and our third amicus brief in this case. Our amicus brief argued that the bumpstock rule was politically motivated and was not based on a better interpretation of the statutes relating to machineguns. We also explained how the technical mechanisms of a semi-automatic rifle operates, both with and Read More

Miller v. Bonta — Amicus Brief

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

Today, our firm filed an amicus brief in an appeal on whether California’s so-called “assault weapons” ban violates the Second Amendment. Our brief described the various ways in which California has demonstrated its hostility to the Second Amendment and the Supreme Court’s decisions. We argue that the assault weapons ban violates the Second Amendment using the Bruen test. Read More

Duncan v. Bonta — Amicus Brief

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

Today, our firm filed its fifth amicus brief in the Duncan saga, a case challenging California’s high-capacity magazine ban. Our brief argued that the case was not properly before the en banc panel for initial hearing en banc. We showed how California has a history of hostility to the Second Amendment and the Supreme Court’s decisions on that amendment. Finally, we explain how the magazine Read More

Morehouse v. ATF — Petition for Rehearing En Banc

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

Today, our firm, with Stephen Stamboulieh, filed a Petition for Rehearing En Banc — joined by 17 States — in the Eight Circuit, in the challenge to the Biden Administration’s ATF rulemaking on frames and receivers.

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United States v. Rahimi — Merits Amicus Brief

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

Today, our firm filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in defense of the proper Second Amendment interpretation recognized in D.C. v. Heller in 2008 and New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen in 2022. This case involves the federal firearms ban on individuals who have certain types of restraining orders issued against them, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(8). To try to prevent the Bruen Read More

Koons v. Platkin — Amicus Brief

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

Today, our firm filed an amicus brief in support of a challenge to a New Jersey law prohibiting concealed carry of a firearm in a large number of so-called “sensitive places.” Our brief explained how New Jersey’s effort to justify the law under the Supreme Court’s Bruen analysis of Second Amendment challenges falls woefully short.

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Guedes v. ATF — Amicus Supporting Petition for Certiorari

Jeremiah Morgan Administrative Law, Firearms Law, Statutory Construction, U. S. Supreme Court

Today, our firm filed an amicus brief in support of a petition for certiorari challenging the ATF’s reclassification of bumpstocks as machineguns. Our amicus brief explained that the bumpstock ban was a reversal of position for the ATF, and was not based on new analysis, but rather at the direction of the President. Furthermore, the D.C. Circuit’s opinion below was based on marketing Read More

U.S. v. Daniels — Amicus Brief

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

Today, our firm filed an amicus brief in support of an appeal challenging the constitutionality of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3) — the federal prohibition on firearms possession by anyone who uses an unlawful substance. Our brief was filed at the invitation of the Fifth Circuit, which is seeking to understand whether 922(g)(3) has any historical analogues under the Bruen analysis. Our brief argued Read More

Boland v. Bonta — Amicus Brief

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

Today, our firm filed an amicus brief in support of a challenge to California’s “Unsafe Handgun Act.” Our brief argued that the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms also protects attendant rights, such as the right to acquire modern, state-of-the-arm firearms. We urged the Ninth Circuit that the Second Amendment does not permit balancing tests such as weighing enumerated Read More

U.S. v. Missouri — Amicus Brief

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

Today, our firm filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in support of Missouri’s Second Amendment Preservation Act which declares that certain federal firearms restrictions violate the Second Amendment rights of Missourians. Our brief argued that the district court did not properly understand the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, and that it also violates Read More

Wade v. Regents of the University of Michigan — Court of Appeals Amicus Brief

Jeremiah Morgan Constitutional Law, Firearms Law, Michigan Court of Appeals

Today, our firm, with Kerry Morgan of Wyandotte, Michigan, filed an amicus brief in support of a challenge to the University of Michigan’s complete ban against possession of firearms by all students. The case is on remand from the Michigan Supreme Court where we previously filed an amicus brief in this case.

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Ehlert v. Settle — Reply in Support of Summary Judgment

Jeremiah Morgan Circuit Court for the City of Lynchburg, Virginia, Constitutional Law, Firearms Law, Litigation

Today, our firm, with David Browne of Spiro & Browne, PLC, file a Reply in Defendant’s Brief in Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment in a challenge to Virginia’s ban on handgun sales to adults under 21. Previously, a temporary injunction was granted pending consideration of the challenge.

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