FPC Files Motion for Preliminary Injunction in Lawsuit Challenging Washington “Assault Weapons” Ban

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SEATTLE, WA (May 4, 2023) – Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced today that it has filed a motion for preliminary injunction in its lawsuit challenging Washington’s ban on so-called “assault weapons.” Case documents for Hartford v. Ferguson are available at FPCLaw.org.

“The banned firearms certainly qualify for protection under [the Supreme Court’s] standard,” argues the motion. “They include the most popular rifles in the country and estimates suggest there are tens of millions in the United States today. As such, there is no possible justification for Washington’s unconstitutional ban. And because the law Plaintiffs challenge is unconstitutional, they are entitled to a preliminary injunction to stop it from going into effect.”

“If lawmakers around the country insist on continuing to thumb their noses at the Constitution and the Supreme Court, FPC will have no choice but to continue to meet them on the courthouse steps,” said FPC Director of Legal Operations Bill Sack. “The adoption of the Second Amendment necessarily takes certain policy positions off the table. Put simply, these decisions have already been made by the people. Legislators simply do not have the authority to ban the vast majority of commonly owned arms with the swipe of a pen.”

FPC is joined in this lawsuit by 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 constitutional 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.

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