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America’s Future Files Amicus Briefs Supporting Second Amendment Rights

Florida – January 7, 2024 – America’s Future, Inc., a national leader in the fight to preserve individual rights, promote American values and traditions, and protect the nation’s Constitutional Republic, announced that it filed Amicus briefs with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in connection with two separate Second Amendment federal court appeals supporting the respective plaintiffs-appellees in their pursuit to exercise the right to bear arms. In both cases, the district court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs-appellees, however, following the rulings of the district court, California appealed to the Ninth Circuit.

The cases are Virginia Duncan, et al, v Rob Bonta, in his official capacity as the Attorney General of the State of California, No. 23-55805, and James Miller, et al. v. Rob Bonta, in his official capacity as the Attorney General of the State of California, No. 23-2979.

The Amicus brief in Duncan v Bonta was filed on December 28, 2023. This case started in 2016 and, as noted in the brief, “represents yet another chapter in the ongoing battle between the State of California in its efforts to restrict firearms and those seeking to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”

On December 29, 2023, an Amicus brief was filed in Miller v Bonta challenging California’s list of banned firearms that fall within the state’s expansive definition of “assault weapons.” As the brief explains, “if California wants to defend its law and rebut the presumption that the Second Amendment protects so-called ‘assault weapons,’ it has the burden to demonstrate relevant historical analogues. California cannot evade that burden.”

“America’s Future will always defend the rights of citizens,” said Mary O’Neill, Executive Director of America’s Future. “The Ninth Circuit must abide by the U.S. Constitution and affirm the judgments of the district court in both of these cases. The Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms must never be infringed or unduly restricted by power-hungry state officials or virtue-signaling activist judges.”

Both cases are impacted by the landmark decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen 597 U.S 1 (2022) – a ruling that made clear that law-abiding citizens have the right to keep and bear arms and that this right shall not be infringed.

To read more details about this filing, along with other briefs filed by America’s Future, please visit our Law & Policy page.