BREAKING: FPC, SAF, CGF, NRA File Federal Lawsuit Against L.A. Sheriff Villanueva, California Gov. Newsom Over Constitutional Violations

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

From the Firearms Policy Coalition:

Today, attorneys for plaintiffs including individuals, a Los Angeles firearm and ammunition retailer, Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), National Rifle Association of America (NRA), California Gun Rights Foundation (CGF), and Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) filed a federal lawsuit challenging state and local policies and enforcement practices that violate Second and Fourteenth Amendment rights. A copy of the lawsuit can be found at www.firearmspolicy.org/brandy.

“California’s attack on fundamental rights in times of emergency must be stopped in its tracks,” observed SAF founder and Executive Vice President, Alan Gottlieb. “This case is part of our mission to win firearms freedom one lawsuit at a time. And more, the lawsuits we are filing across the country are making a large number of other states, counties, and cities think twice before closing down essential gun stores.”

“Twenty-eight years ago, the LAPD had to withdraw their officers to protect their safety. We hope that the stay-home orders will mean that our public servants will not become infected in this pandemic, but the Constitution guarantees that everyone has a right to acquire arms and defend themselves should law enforcement not be able to respond before it’s too late,” remarked CGF Chairman, Gene Hoffman. “No petty autocrat can be allowed to suspend the Bill of Rights.”

“Municipalities and states that target lawful gun stores for closure aren’t promoting safety—by weaponizing their politics to disarm you and your loved ones, these shameless partisans are wantonly promoting a gun-control agenda that suffocates your Second Amendment rights when you need them most,” commented NRA-ILA Executive Director, Jason Ouimet. “NRA members recognize these unlawful power-grabs for what they are, and the National Rifle Association is proud to stand and fight alongside fellow Second Amendment groups who recognize it as well.”

Sheriff Alex Villanueva

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

“Especially due to the restrictive nature of California’s Byzantine gun laws that require the use of licensed dealers to buy and transfer both firearms and ammunition, the defendants’ orders and actions challenged individually and collectively violate the Constitution and individuals’ fundamental rights to keep and bear arms and due process of law,” explained attorney and FPC Director of Legal Strategy, Adam Kraut. “These irrational and outrageous fiat restrictions cannot withstand constitutional scrutiny and must be enjoined from enforcement.”

“California’s State and local governments cannot simply suspend the Constitution,” FPC President Brandon Combs said. “This case is one of many actions FPC is taking around the United States to fight for liberty and freedom. The entire FPC team has been and will remain all-hands-on-deck, working around the clock on important efforts to safeguard the People’s individual liberties and property, especially the rights to keep and bear arms, free speech, privacy, and due process. FPC is fully committed to uniting the advocacy space and partnering with organizations and law firms around the country to fight government abuses and defend the People’s right to defend their lives and homes. We especially wish to recognize and thank our incredible members and supporters who make all of our legal action, research, and grassroots activism programs possible.”

Individual arms applicants/purchasers and retailers affected by ‘stay-home’ or shutdown orders can report potential civil rights violations to FPC’s COVID-19 Issue Hotline at www.FPChotline.org.

 

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.

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.

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.

National Rifle Association (www.nra.org) is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services.

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  1. avatar Count Montecristo says:

    Thank God, it’s about time. What an All-Star cast. Hopefully this will be the one that goes to SCOTUS and brings us Strict Scrutiny.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      Don’t count on it. The courts are going to do as little as possible, even more so, until the dust settles here.

    2. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

      “Thank God, it’s about time. What an All-Star cast.”

      I don’t exactly consider the current corrupt NRA a ‘star’ of any sort…

      1. avatar Chunk says:

        Damn straight.

      2. avatar Ernest L Abel says:

        The NRA itself at it’s core principles are not corrupt, now there may be some corruption an executive inside the NRA, but at its core principles as being a civil Rights group and educational group and fighting for the second amendment rights of every American, the NRA still stands as the oldest group. and up until the very last person drops the NRA sticker and membership I believe it’s still can stand for second amendment rights and help fight government overreach and tyranny.

    3. avatar frank speak says:

      sounds like a feeding frenzy!…and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving individual…..

  2. avatar Dennis says:

    Better find a court without an Obummer appointed judge!

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Easier to do. Trump has been appointing lots of judges. He’s just about re-done the 9th circuit.

    2. avatar Mark N. says:

      There is no such thing in the Ninth Circuit. Most federal judges are appointed from local urban superior courts, and most are liberals. Plus you do not get to pick your judge, the judge is assigned randomly.

      1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

        “There is no such thing in the Ninth Circuit. Most federal judges are appointed from local urban superior courts, and most are liberals.”

        Then why is it referred to as the “9th circuit (or sneeringly as 9th circus)?

        “Plus you do not get to pick your judge, the judge is assigned randomly.”

        Randomly, eh? The cynic in me thinks that when it’s a Leftist ‘randomly’ pulling those names out of a hat, the only thing that matters is who ‘randomly’ selected that name…

  3. avatar Old Guy in Montana says:

    Looks like I need to send SAF another $100 donation…they are worth every penny!

  4. avatar Not Left says:

    Just sent my up to Cagunrights, I already support SAF CRPA, NRA, Etc. but never realized I wasn’t supporting Cagunrights. So $50 to them for now in this time of the economy. When things get back to normal, more will be going to them.

    1. avatar Not Left says:

      Seems I was already supporting them. They were formerly known as Calguns which I am supporting already with my Ebay sales and yearly membership. Of course, a little more dinero never hurts.

  5. avatar Reason says:

    WOW! NRA is actually in on the filing of the suit this time. Instead of taking credit after it looks like someone’s suit will win.

    1. avatar Scott says:

      … And they are working with FPC and SAF. This is what we need. The competition has been one of the biggest problems. I would still like to see Wayne retired and gone, but this is a major step in the right direction.

  6. avatar Ralph says:

    Good luck to gun rights organizations in CA. They are truly shoveling sh!t against the tide.

    1. avatar Not Left says:

      Yes, I’m right here in it with my hip boots on and my shovel has never been big enough to make a difference. The liberals take em away one step at a time and hopefully we’ll get them back two steps at a time.

  7. avatar Debbie W. says:

    They should charge the pompous nitwit with Treason. He needs to go.

  8. avatar JB says:

    More wasted money. The offense spends their money and the defense spends OUR money….

  9. avatar John Boch says:

    Grumpy cat says “Good.”

  10. avatar I Haz A Question says:

    Where’s the CRPA in all of this? They are often the ones filing the pro-2A lawsuits.

  11. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    “… the lawsuits we are filing across the country are making a large number of other states, counties, and cities think twice before closing down essential gun stores.” — SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb

    I don’t see it that way. All of those state, county, and city government authorities who ban firearm sales never pay any personal penalties. They quite literally have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Therefore, they will continue to ban firearm sales with impunity.

    We desperately need federal prosecutors to finally start prosecuting said authorities for Deprivation of Rights under Color of Law.

    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      ^^THIS^^

      If you or I violate someone else’s recognized rights, we incur the consequences.

      Those in office who do the same must endure the consequences, preferably incarceration. Fines and scoldings toward one petty tyrant won’t dissuade the next.

    2. avatar GunnyGene says:

      They pay personal penalties in MS.

  12. avatar Tom T. says:

    I’m in upstate NY. Rural counties are still under orders from Gov. Cuomo to close all non essential businesses for the foreseeable future, including local gun shops. Anybody hear anything about lawsuits in the land of the SAFE Act?

    1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

      Last I heard Guns Inc would still do home delivery after the form is filled out but lost track of the how it was being done but I think it is a call in.

  13. avatar D.J.U. says:

    Springfield Mo. tried to include the firearms dealers and shops in their lockdown stay at home mandate. But it turns out that our state laws prohibit this kind of move by anybody. State law says that no emergancy state or national can do it or Natural disasters. Read the article on channel 33 news from Springfield Mo. and how Cherokee Arms and others recognized this and thwarted the cities neglect to mention this.

  14. avatar Steve says:

    NRA BACK…..GOOD

  15. avatar IAmNotTheHulk says:

    Newscum looks like the poster boy for NAMBLA.

    1. avatar Darkman says:

      Pitching or Catching???

      1. avatar Void says:

        Minor leagues.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Bat boy.

    2. avatar frank speak says:

      …..lot of them out there….

  16. avatar Hannibal says:

    There are many better ways to deal with this than just closing gun stores down. You could have them work by appointment (i.e. many FFLS that work at home), for example. A little thought could have avoided a lot of problems here but instead they not only took the quickest method but also have tipped their hands multiple times that they don’t want people buying guns and that it’s not really about reducing contagion.

  17. avatar A says:

    Not everyday u see the NRA attached to anything important anymore. Good for them.

  18. avatar Sian says:

    Definite 2nd and 14th amendment violation if gun stores have to stop serving citizens and can only sell to gov/le.

    Burn em down.

  19. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    The priorities in California are sex toys and intoxication on all legalized drugs. And performing public sex acts. On days the government approves of your permission slip request. Those are the things that cali politicians support that the voters vote for. Civil rights (guns) aren’t on the list of priorities.

  20. avatar MLee says:

    Time for Washington State to be looked at. Governor Inslee declared gun stores non-essential , just the opposite of Idaho. Sure I could hop over to Idaho and buy a long gun, which is easy for me as Idaho is 10 miles away. However, I don’t need any guns or ammo. That being, my personal need or ability is inconsequential and meaningless. What about someone who doesn’t enjoy the convenience of living ten miles from a gun friendly state who wants a handgun to ease fears and anxiety over today’s unknown? They are out of luck. You can’t buy a handgun in Idaho as it has to be shipped to an FFL in Washington and they are closed.

  21. avatar Ragnarredbeard says:

    “but the Constitution guarantees that everyone has a right to acquire arms and defend themselves should law enforcement not be able to respond before it’s too late”

    Need to get a better lawyer. The 2nd isn’t about having a gun in case the cops don’t arrive. The implication from that quote is that you don’t get to have a gun as long as the cops are around. A lefty court will jump all over that.

  22. avatar Roger J says:

    These politicians violate the Constitution, Federal and State laws because they can. When these cases come to an end and we win what did it cost the politicians? Nothing. They got what they wanted when they wanted it. And they will do it over and over knowing they will lose years down the road. And what will it cost the politicians in the future? Nothing.

  23. avatar JUST HARD FACTS says:

    U can’t ban a Human Natural Right codified in the Constitution! Even if the Constitution & 2nd Amendment DID NOT EXIST we still have that right long b4 there was Gov.

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