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If it seems like you’ve seen a lot of news about the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) recently it’s because you have. The organizations is one of the most active in the nation at challenging unconstitutional firearm laws in courtrooms throughout the country.

In celebration of our uniquely American freedom, the day before Independence Day FPC announced a new lawsuit challenging Washington, D.C.’s, ban on common semi-automatic rifles. The case, Clemendor v. District of Columbia, which will be heard by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, argues that the ban violates the Second Amendment to the U.S. Bill of Rights.

Brandon Combs, FPC president, believes the facts in the case point directly toward the D.C. government not having a legitimate argument for the court to uphold the law.

“People in Washington, D.C., have a right to keep and bear semiautomatic weapons like AR-15 rifles,” Combs said in a press release announcing the lawsuit. “As we have already shown, laws like the District of Columbia’s ban on so-called ‘assault weapons’ are unconstitutional. Bureaucrats and political celebrities aren’t above the law, and the District is not exempt from following the Constitution. FPC looks forward to restoring liberty in our nation’s capital.”

As the complaint argues, such firearms have a long history of common use in our country, and banning them is a serious infringement.

“Semiautomatic firearms ‘traditionally have been widely accepted as lawful possessions.’” The complaint states, citing Justice Sotomayor’s Cargill dissent. “And the D.C. Circuit has previously held ‘it is clear enough … that semi-automatic rifles and magazines holding more than 10 rounds are indeed in ‘common use.’”

The complaint also cited a number of facts and figures to bolster the “common use” argument of America’s favorite rifle—the AR-15.

“AR-15 rifles are among the most popular firearms in the nation, and they are owned by millions of Americans,” the complaint states. “According to industry sources, approximately 20% of all firearms sold in recent years were rifles of the type banned by the District. In 2020, more than 20 million adults participated in target or sport shooting with semi-automatic rifles like those banned in the District…

“The banned semi-automatic firearms, like all other semi-automatic firearms, fire only one round for each pull of the trigger. They are not machine guns.”

In the end, FPC is petitioning the court to declare that the acquisition and possession of semi-automatic firearms banned by Washington, D.C., are protected by the Second Amendment and to block all enforcement of the ban.

Those wanting to learn more about FPC and the ongoing courtroom battles it is fighting to save the Second Amendment can find that information at

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    • The suit says a lot of the same old same old however what the suit like many other lawsuits does not say is, “Gun Control in any shape, matter or form is an agenda History Confirms is Rooted in Racism and Genocide.”

      Funny how there’s always a stench floating in the courtroom that makes Gun Control the King and the Second Amendment a peasant begging for forgiveness and a bite of bread.

      The D.C. defendants’ agenda is clearly Gun Control therefore the defendants’ Gun Control agenda must be brought down to size by the plaintiffs’ attorneys Defining Gun Control by its diabolical History…

    • All a matter of building a framework they can(have to) work with. Never said by anyone serious this would be quick and easy (well it is compared to 5 years ago). Look at how long it took concealed carry to become normal let alone permitless.

  1. If you live in DC you have no gun rights. I was born and raised there. Once the handgun ban took effect in 1976 and the last gun shop closed in 1971/72 DC residents couldn’t legally purchase any firearms. All guns already owned had to be registered every year with high fees. If you missed your renewal you had to surrender it or remove it from the city. Firearms were required to be disassembled and not loaded. Meanwhile the murders went from 1 a night to 3 a night. After Heller they opened up firearm ownership but made it nearly impossible and financially difficult. Remember, VA and MD dealers can’t sell guns to DC residents. DC also adopted CA’s laws on what type of handguns, rifles and magazines you could own. When I was a teenager I remember Carl Rowan shooting a white kid who was skinny dipping in his pool. He used an unregistered .22 pistol and claimed it didn’t need to be since it belonged to his ex FBI agent son. Typical of the DC politician no guns for thee but ok for me. The only joy of the cesspool of DC is it’s knowing it’s going to be the first target wiped out by a Russian ICBM. And yes we never registered ANY of the few hunting rifles and shotguns we had and my father actually had a LOADED PERCUSSION Civil War era replica revolver in the house for protection. Black powder handguns were the only handguns one could legally purchase. The only way I would ever move back is if I’m living in Government housing on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

  2. Recently, the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) has been making headlines for its vigorous defense of Second Amendment rights. Just before Independence Day, FPC filed a lawsuit against Washington, D.C.’s ban on semi-automatic rifles, arguing it violates the Constitution. FPC President Brandon Combs asserts that these commonly owned firearms are protected by the Second Amendment and that such bans are unconstitutional. The case, Clemendor v. District of Columbia, aims to ensure that the right to bear these arms is upheld.


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