FPC Files Supplemental Brief in Lawsuit Challenging California Age-Based Firearm Purchase Ban

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SAN DIEGO, CA (October 24, 2022) – Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and FPC Action Foundation (FPCAF) announced the filing of a supplemental brief in their Jones v. Bonta lawsuit, which challenges California’s age-based ban on firearms purchases by peaceable adults under the age of 21. The Brief, which was requested by Judge M. James Lorenz of the Southern District of California after the Ninth Circuit vacated and remanded Jones in light of NYSRPA v. Bruen, can be viewed at FPCLegal.org.

“The Bruen decision affirmed the constitutional framework established by District of Columbia v. Heller in deciding Second Amendment claims,” argues the Brief. “Here, California bans 18- to 20-year-old adults from purchasing all semiautomatic centerfire rifles and long guns. The State’s action constitutes a ban on commonly owned, bearable arms. Under the proper framework established by Heller and affirmed by Bruen, California’s ban on 18-to-20-year-olds purchasing firearms is unconstitutional.”

“Not only is California’s ban targeting 18- to 20-year olds unconstitutional, it devalues their lives and their ability to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Cody J. Wisniewski, FPC’s Senior Attorney for Constitutional Litigation. “18- to 20- year olds in California can get married, start a family, and sign a mortgage, and then fly off to fight a war, but California will not trust or allow them to buy a firearm in order to defend their own lives, their families, or their homes.” 

FPC and FPCAF are joined in this lawsuit by the California Gun Rights Foundation and the Second Amendment Foundation.

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Firearms Policy Coalition (firearmspolicy.org), a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, exists to create a world of maximal human liberty, defend constitutionally protected rights, advance individual liberty, and restore freedom. FPC’s efforts are focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and adjacent issues including freedom of speech, due process, unlawful searches and seizures, separation of powers, asset forfeitures, privacy, encryption, and limited government. The FPC team are next-generation advocates working to achieve the Organization’s strategic objectives through litigation, research, scholarly publications, amicus briefing, legislative and regulatory action, grassroots activism, education, outreach, and other programs. 

FPC Law (FPCLaw.org) is the nation’s first and largest public interest legal team focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and the leader in the Second Amendment litigation and research space.

FPC Action Foundation (FPCActionFoundation.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, exists to create a world of maximal human liberty through charitable legal action, public policy, education, and research programs.

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