By C.D. “Chuck” Michel
Last Friday, the Second Amendment Law Center, joined by several prominent pro 2A groups including Gun Owners of America, the Hawaii Rifle Association, California Rifle & Pistol Association, Gun Owners of California, and Gun Owners Foundation filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief in US District Court in Hawaii in the case of Wolford v. Lopez. That case challenges Hawaii’s newly signed SB 1230. The new law makes a license to carry a firearm invalid almost everywhere. You can read the brief HERE.
Amicus briefs are essential because the attorneys for the parties in a case are not allowed to fund or participate in writing amicus briefs. So there is a critical need for the Second Amendment Law Center, with experience in Second Amendment issues, to step in and offer assistance.
“The Second Amendment Law Center is encouraged by the strong support provided by our amicus campaign in this case. As these briefs show, Hawaii’s onerous new law makes a license to carry of firearm invalid almost everywhere, and is unconstitutional, particularly as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Bruen,” remarked Chuck Michel, President & General Counsel of the Second Amendment Law Center.
Separately, days ago the National Shooting Sports Foundation filed a lawsuit challenging Hawaii’s recently-enacted public nuisance law, which – unless it is enjoined – will allow almost anyone to file frivolous lawsuits against members of the firearm industry for the misuse of firearms by criminals. That law is designed to bankrupt gun retailers and evade the judgment of the U.S. Supreme Court as well as laws enacted by Congress that prohibit such private lawsuits. 2ALC will be organizing an amicus campaign to support that lawsuit as well.
Please consider donating to support the ongoing effort to roll back the SB 1230 ban on licensed public carry. And remember to sign up at 2ALC.org to receive updates as this and other cases move through the courts.
C.D. “Chuck” Michel is Senior Partner at the Long Beach, California Law firm of Michel & Associates, P.C. He is the author of California Gun Laws, A Guide to State and Federal Firearm Regulations now in its 10th edition for 2023 and available at www.calgunlawsbook.com.