Second Amendment

We are actively involved in representing parties and amici in cases where the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is at stake. For example:

  • John Doe, et al., v. Putnam County et al., No. 16-8191 (S.D.N.Y.).
    We represent residents of Putnam County, New York in a Second Amendment challenge to a state law that makes the name and address of handgun permit holders publicly available.
  • Guns Save Life, Inc. v. Ali, No. 1-18-1846 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist.).
    We represent Illinois citizens and businesses in a challenge to two taxes imposed by Cook County, Illinois: a tax on each round of ammunition purchased within the county and a separate tax on each firearm purchase. Because these taxes single out conduct protected by the core of the Second Amendment for special, discriminatory taxation, the lawsuit argues they are unconstitutional and invalid. The trial court granted summary judgment to the state defendants, and we are currently appealing that ruling in the state appellate court.
  • Gould v. Morgan, 907 F.3d 659 (1st Cir. 2018).
    We represent several citizens of Massachusetts in a challenge to the Commonwealth’s restrictions on carrying firearms in public, as well as Boston and Brookline’s local policies implementing them, under the Second Amendment. The First Circuit upheld the challenged laws and policies, but we are currently petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.
  • Grace v. District of Columbia, 864 F.3d 650 (D.C. Cir. 2017).
    We represented a resident of the District of Columbia and the Pink Pistols, an LGBT firearm rights group, in a Second Amendment challenge to the District of Columbia’s firearm carriage laws. We successfully urged the District Court to enter a preliminary injunction against the District’s carriage laws. On appeal, we convinced the D.C. Circuit to affirm the lower court’s ruling and convert its order into a permanent injunction striking down the District’s law.
  • Thomann v. Illinois Department of State Police, (Ill. Cir. Ct. 2016).
    We represented several individuals and an association in a challenge to the Illinois Concealed Carry Licensing Board’s practice of denying concealed-carry license applications based on secret objections from state law-enforcement agencies. The Board voluntarily reformed its procedures after we filed suit.
  • New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Cuomo, 804 F.3d 242 (2d. Cir. 2015).
    We represented several citizens who challenged New York’s ban of certain semi-automatic rifles that possess certain cosmetic and safety-enhancing features under the Second Amendment.
  • Illinois Ass’n of Firearms Retailers v. City of Chicago, 961 F. Supp. 2d 928 (N.D. Ill. 2014).
    We represented residents of Chicago and an association of firearms retailers in their challenge to that city’s ban on sales and transfers of firearms. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted summary judgment to our clients, holding that the law was unconstitutional under the Second Amendment.
  • National Rifle Association, Inc. v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, (5th Cir. 2013).
    We represented the NRA and residents of the State of Texas in a Second Amendment challenge to a federal law banning licensed sale of handguns or handgun ammunition to law-abiding adults aged 18-20. Following the panel’s decision, we petitioned for rehearing en banc. In an 8-7 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decided not to rehear the case, but only over a vigorous dissent that agreed that 18- to 20-year-olds are protected by the Second Amendment and that the federal sales ban fails any level of heightened scrutiny.
  • Shepard v. Madigan, 702 F.3d 933 (7th Cir. 2012).
    We represented a resident of Illinois in her challenge to that state’s ban on the carriage of a firearm outside the home. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that the law was unconstitutional.

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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