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.

Link to brief

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.

Link to supplemental amicus brief

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

Cargill v. Garland — Supplemental Amicus Brief on Rehearing En Banc

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

Today, our firm file a supplemental amicus brief for the Fifth Circuit’s rehearing en banc of a challenge to the ATF’s bump stock rule. (We previously file an amicus brief in support of the petition for rehearing en banc.) Our brief argued that the bump stock rule was politically motivated and that bump 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

Cargill v. Garland — Amicus Brief

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

Today, our firm filed an amicus brief in support of a petition for rehearing en banc in a case challenging the bump stock ban. Our brief explained that bump stocks do not convert a semiautomatic firearm into a machinegun, and that only Congress has the power to amend the text of statutes. Finally, we explained that the district court’s and the court of appeals panel’s conclusions contradicted Read More

Rob Olson Presents Oral Argument before En Banc Sixth Circuit in Bumpstock Case

Jeremiah Morgan Administrative Law, Appearances, Firearms Law, Litigation

Today, Rob Olson presented oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit sitting en banc in our continuing litigation against ATF’s bump stock regulation issued in December 2018. The Sixth Circuit granted rehearing en banc after a three-judge panel ruled against the bump stock ban earlier this year. Audio of the oral argument is available.

Link to oral argument audio

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

Young v. Hawaii

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

We filed our second brief in the Young v. Hawaii challenge to Hawaii’s virtual total ban on carrying firearms in the State of Hawaii. Our earlier brief was filed before the Ninth Circuit en banc. This brief was filed in the U.S .Supreme court in support of Young’s Petition for Certiorari. We urge the Court to overturn the two-step test used in many Second Amendment challenges. We also challenge the “longstanding” ban in Hawaii, most of which occurred during the time Hawaii was governed by a Monarchy. We demonstrate why certiorari should be granted even though New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett is pending before the court. And we trace the numerous criticisms by Justices and Judges as to how the lower courts have treated the Second Amendment since Heller and McDonald.

Link to brief

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

Crawford v. Pennsylvania — Defending Gun Rights of Philadelphians

admin Constitutional Law, Firearms Law, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

Today, we filed an brief for Gun Owners of America, Inc. and other nonprofits opposing Philadelphia’s challenge to the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s long-standing firearms preemption statute.  That statute prevents Philadelphia from imposing greater firearms restrictions on its residents than those approved by the General Assembly for Pennsylvania as a whole.  Philadelphia bases Read More